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Java SE: New pricing per employee is a cause for concern

January 23, 2023

 
 
Java SE: New pricing per employee is a cause for concern
 
The new pricing tier for Oracle Java SE starts at $15/month per employee whether or not they are Java software developers or users, and drops after 1,000 employees.
Oracle's per-employee pricing for standard Java for 2023 is raising concerns about its potential impact on Java licensing costs for customers. Pricing is based on the total number of employees, not the number of employees using Java.
Announced on January 23, Oracle's price list is for the new Java SE Universal Subscription program. Pricing starts at $15/month for 999 employees and drops to $5.25/month for 40,000 to 49,999 users. Oracle cited an example where a company with a total number of employees of 28,000, including full-time and part-time employees, agents, consultants, would have to pay $2.268 million annually.
The Java SE Universal Subscription replaced the previous Java SE and Java SE Desktop subscription programs effective January 23. Java SE Universal Subscription, covering desktop, server and cloud usages, provides the same functionality as Java SE Advanced but in what Oracle calls a more “affordable” offering, with greater flexibility in managing Java application updates and upgrades SELF.
 
Java SE: New pricing per employee is a cause for concern
 
However, according to software consultancy Miro Consulting, the new pricing scheme may have a different impact on users. “Essentially, what Oracle wants to do (or has done) is license all employees in the organization to access workstations and servers, whether they access Oracle Java on those platforms or are just developers “, reads the Miro Consulting website. "This could be good for some organizations and more expensive for others."
According to Oracle's new price list, the term “employee” includes full-time and part-time employees, temporary employees, agents, and employees of outsourcers and consultants. The quantity of licenses is determined by the total number of employees, not by the number of employees using the programs. Users of OpenJDK versions and free versions of the Java Development Kit (JDK) are not affected by the Java SE Universal Subscription program.
Oracle through a spokesperson specified that “the new Java SE Universal Subscription was developed based on feedback from our customers with Java workloads running in increasingly diverse environments. It no longer requires customers to count every single processor, desktop or precise user that may be using the subscription, and universal use is allowed, across desktops, servers and cloud infrastructures. Java SE Universal Subscription is a new product – and nothing changes for existing customers using the previous Subscription offering.”
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