Oracle WebCenter Content Licensing

I thought I would share out the following information because of how often it comes up. When dealing with Oracle WebCenter Content or WebCenter Imaging, it is good to know what restricted use licenses each product includes. The following guide from Oracle shows you what products are bundled together in the WebCenter Suite.

http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E28280_01/doc.1111/e14860/webcenter.htm#sthref118

With the WebCenter Content license, you get a full license of:
  • Content
  • Records
  • Inbound Refinery
  • Imaging
  • Digital Asset Management
  • WCM
  • Desktop Integration Suite
  • And more – reference the link for the full list.
With the WebCenter Content license, you get a RESTRICTED USE license of the following products:
  • Business Process Management – This means you can ONLY launch processes based on Content or Imaging objects. This applies to the majority of ECM installs, but sometimes processes are implemented that don’t launch based off a document or content.
  • Information Rights Management – This means the IRM must be used in conjunction with WebCenter Content objects, you can’t use it for other things.
  • WebLogic Server Enterprise Edition – The WebCenter Content stack can’t run without WebLogic server but the idea here is that you can’t deploy other applications on the WebLogic Server unless they directly support the WebCenter environment.
  • BPEL – Like BPM, this means you can ONLY launch processes based on content.
  • Oracle Secure Enterprise Search – The caveat here is that it HAS to be installed on the same server as WebCenter Content.
With the WebCenter Imaging license, you get a full license of the following products:
  • Imaging
  • You can use Content for Imaging objects only.
With the WebCenter Imaging license, you get a RESTRICTED USE license of the following products:
  • Business Process Management – This means you can ONLY launch processes based on Imaging objects. This applies to the majority of ECM installs, but we sometimes do processes that are implemented that don’t launch based off a document or content.
  • WebLogic Server Enterprise Edition – The WebCenter Content stack can’t run without WebLogic server but the idea here is that you can’t deploy other applications on the WebLogic Server unless they directly support the WebCenter environment.
  • Oracle Internet Application Server Enterprise Edition – This product allows for developing, integrating, and deploying custom applications but the restricted use license means that it can only be used to support Imaging.

It should be noted that there is no restricted use licenses for Oracle Access Management included with either WebCenter Content or WebCenter Imaging. The WebCenter Content and Imaging documentation states it supports Single Sign On but the documentation clearly states that OAM is their single sign-on solution. This is important because OAM or OSS are separate line items with a cost associated with them, you can find them in the Oracle price list. In a Windows environment you can use Windows Native Authentication with WebLogic as another option.

I hope this information helps. For the complete breakdown please review the link at the beginning.

John Linehan