Oracle’s migration of its customers to its new Standard Edition Two (SE2) product will significantly increase costs and the complexity of maintaining those applications.

Oracle announced its latest update via a blog post in September 2015, with the migration coming into effect from August 2016. Existing Oracle Standard Edition and Standard Edition One (SE and SE1 respectively) customers will be provided a free upgrade to SE2, experiencing some new technical functionality and allowing for more users per server, yet it is claimed by some that the vast majority will suffer from performance, licensing and costing issues as a result.

Ultimately, SE2 will lead to Oracle users being required to pay more while enjoying less of the potential power of their database servers. The migration will also force another layer of complexity for end-users in understanding the legal requirements of their agreement with Oracle.

Customers migrating to SE2 will experience license fees around three times the cost of SE1. If users decide to remain using SE or SE1, they will be left paying for support renewal fees, while being unable to receive any bug fixes or other support services – essentially rendering their database redundant.

Additionally, users of Oracle RAC with Standard Edition will be limited to two single socket servers with a maximum of eight threads, preventing them from fully maximizing the power of their software. As a result, customers are certain to experience a reduction in application performance and consequently a poor user-experience.

With August just around the corner, it is crucial that Oracle users plan their next steps carefully. Should customers stick with Oracle and suffer from the power and cost consequences, or seek a hassle-free alternative? For years, frustrated Oracle users have benefitted from moving to Tibero, allowing existing Oracle database applications to be ported with minimal effort, reduced costs, and risk prevention of carrying out an Oracle major version of the upgrade.