Virtual Machines including licenses for Oracle software will be generally available in Microsoft Windows Azure on March 12, 2014. These Virtual Machines are Windows Server VMs made available in the Windows Azure Gallery in which Oracle software has been preinstalled.
Beginning March 12, Microsoft will charge for the Oracle software running in license-included Oracle VMs in addition to the charge for the Windows Server VMs in which the Oracle software runs. Microsoft will bill for the Oracle software based on the total number of minutes that your license-included Oracle VMs run during a billing cycle. “Bring-Your-Own-License” (or “BYOL”) Oracle VMs are Oracle Linux VMs made available in the Windows Azure Gallery in which Oracle software has been preinstalled. BYOL Oracle VMs have been generally available since September 23, 2013.
BYOL Oracle VMs do not include licenses to any Oracle software. If you choose to deploy a BYOL Oracle VM, you are responsible for ensuring that you have obtained adequate license rights from Oracle or an authorized reseller for the Oracle software installed in the VM. For BYOL Oracle VMs, Microsoft charges only for the Linux VMs that the Oracle software runs on, not for the Oracle software itself.
Pricing for Oracle software in license-included Oracle VMs is based on the number of cores.
Oracle provides license mobility for customers who have already obtained a license from Oracle and want to run that software on Windows Azure. To take advantage of this capability, simply deploy a Windows Server or Linux VM and install a copy of Oracle software for which you have obtained a license from Oracle. For information about license mobility, please see the Oracle Cloud Licensing Policy.
For more information on pricing, please see the Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines Pricing Details.