Oracle Perpetual Unlimited License Agreement (PULA) is a software licensing agreement that provides companies with unlimited deployment rights for a set of Oracle software products for an unspecified period of time. In exchange for these rights, companies are required to pay Oracle for ongoing technical support services.
PULA is a powerful agreement that offers several benefits to companies that use Oracle software, including simplified software asset management, elimination of license fees for included products, the ability to deploy Oracle in virtual environments, and a reduced risk of an Oracle audit.
One of the key features of PULA is that it allows companies to choose which products to have unlimited deployment rights for, negotiate which legal entities can use and access the software, and negotiate in which countries they can physically deploy their servers. This flexibility provides companies with the ability to customize their software deployment and management strategies to meet their unique needs and requirements.
Another important feature of PULA is that it does not have a set end date, unlike Oracle’s traditional Unlimited License Agreement (ULA), which typically has a set end date. This means that companies with a PULA can continue to use their licensed software products indefinitely, as long as they continue to pay for ongoing technical support services.
However, it is important to note that companies with a PULA give up the ability to partially terminate unused licenses, which means they are locked into paying for ongoing technical support services for all of their licensed products, even if they are not currently being used.
In addition, companies with a PULA can exit the agreement in three ways: if their company is acquired by another company, if they are found to be non-compliant with the agreement, or if they fail to maintain total technical support stream.
In summary, Oracle PULA is a powerful software licensing agreement that provides companies with unlimited deployment rights for a set of Oracle software products for an unspecified period of time. While it offers many benefits, companies should carefully consider the tradeoffs, including the loss of flexibility in terminating unused licenses, before signing a PULA agreement.