Oracle Defends Its Math on Multicore Discount

July 22, 2005

[From eWeek]

Oracle Corp.'s vice president of pricing and licensing defended the math behind the company's new and comparatively stingy 25 percent rebate on multicore processors, saying that customers are now getting charged for what they in fact get: a 1.5 to 1.75 times performance boost from a dual-core chip.

The company on Thursday tweaked licensing terms on its online Oracle Store. Customers were, up until now, charged on a one-to-one basis, where each core on a chip counted as a processor. Oracle has updated that policy so that each core is multiplied by 0.75. Fractional results are rounded up to the next number to determine the amount of processors for which customers will be charged.

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