An Oracle Perpetual Unlimited License Agreement (PULA) is a contractual agreement that enables a company to have unlimited deployment rights for a set of Oracle software products for an indefinite period in exchange for giving up the ability to partially terminate unused licenses. In simpler terms, it is an unlimited license agreement that provides an Oracle customer with the right to have unlimited deployment rights for a specific set of products.
The PULA offers several benefits such as 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. However, it is important to note that once a company signs a PULA, they are locked into paying Oracle technical support, and any suspension in payments will equal a breach of the licensing agreement.
The main difference between an Oracle ULA and PULA is that a ULA has a set end date, while a PULA does not. Additionally, there are three ways to end or certify an Oracle PULA: if a company is acquired by another company, if non-compliance is found, and failure to maintain Total Technical Support Stream.
When signing an Oracle PULA, it is essential to carefully consider the terms and conditions of the agreement. It is important to negotiate the contract language to ensure that it is in your favor when certifying or exiting the PULA. Additionally, you should ensure that the customer definition includes all entities accessing your software, and the territory covers all areas where you want to deploy Oracle software.
Overall, the Oracle PULA is a powerful and beneficial agreement for companies that require unlimited deployment rights for a set of Oracle software products. It offers several benefits that can simplify software asset management and reduce the risk of an Oracle audit. However, it is important to carefully consider the terms and conditions before signing the agreement to ensure that it is a good fit for your company’s needs.