In January 2019, all organizations should expect cost increases from the use of Java as Oracle has elected to begin charging for any type of Java updates in a commercial, production or business situation.
Whilst license cost increases are inevitable, Oracle will take any failure to purchase a license very seriously. Incompliance with the Oracle’s license terms could result in significant financial implications, as well as troublesome engagement with Oracle’s audit team.
The updates in question include product enhancements, critical patches, bug fixes etc.
It is therefore essential for any organization running Java to analyze the implications of the changes and understand the liability in its environment.
The ensuing table provides an understanding of the current Java release roadmap:
|Version||Java 8||Java 9 – Non LTS||Java 10 – Non LTS|
|Release Date||March 2014||September 2017||March 2018|
|End of Free Updates: Commercial||January 2019||March 2018||September 2018|
|End of Free Updates: Personal||December 2020||March 2018||September 2018|
Subsequent to the release of Java SE 8, Oracle has positioned releases as Long-Term Support (LTS) editions every three years. Non-LTS releases are thought as an aggregate set of product enhancements of the most recent LTS release.
In effect, Java SE9 (Non-LTS) release is succeeded by Java SE 10 (Non-LTS) release and then by Java SE 11 (LTS) release. Java SE 11 is a Long-Term Support release and as such, Oracle customers will receive Premier Support and interval releases even after the release of Java 12 (Non-LTS).
Xensam has dynamic software recognition that is supported by Machine Learning. Even before January 2019 the Xensam’s Oracle Java Compliance Risk Report analysis will identify which versions of Java are deployed in your environment and the potential liability in January 2019. Xensam’s Active Usage will also show whether any of these deployments are ineffectively deployed and therefore, can be removed to save the need for a license.
When Java deployments do require a license purchase, Xensam’s powerful Xource database will immediately show its compliance position, as well as unprecedented usage metrics that will enable advanced license and cost optimization.
Please contact your local representative or email email@example.com to learn more about Xensam’s Java capabilities or to arrange a product demo.