Oracle Hikes Java Prices
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Monday, 30 January 2023

Oracle has announced pricing changes to the Java SE Universal Subscription so that companies will now have to pay based on their total number of employees as opposed to the number of Java users. This will result in some organizations paying much more to use Java.

 

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Under the new pricing details published last week, companies with 1-999 employees will pay $15 per employee, with larger organizations paying less, down to $5.25 per employee for companies with more than 40,000 employees.

The new Java SE Universal subscription replaces the existing legacy Java SE subscription that Oracle has had in place since 2018, under which companies paid per processor for servers and cloud instances, and per user for client PCs.

Oracle describes the new license as a simple, low-cost monthly subscription that includes Java SE Licensing and Support for use on Desktops, Servers or Cloud deployments, saying that the subscription provides access to tested and certified performance, stability, and security updates for Java SE, directly from Oracle.

One positive point is the Oracle says that companies with the existing license will be able to renew it under the existing terms and conditions, but it seems likely that Oracle will be keen for companies to move to the new subscription model going forward.

Oracle gave an example of how the costs would stack up for a company with 28,000 employees. This would fall into the $6.75 per month bracket for all employees, including full-time, part-time, temporary and contractors, and would add up to $2.268 million a year.

The new subscription model is available now.

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More Information

Oracle Java SE Subscription FAQs

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