2 ways to reduce Oracle Supports costs
There are only two ways to reduce Oracle support costs: 1) Don't use Oracle and instead use another enterprise DB like IBM's DB2 or for the open source crowd EnterpriseDB's PostegresQL. 2) If you must run Oracle then run it on IBM's Power servers.
IBM's Power servers are the only platform that control Oracle licensing cost. Alternatives like x86 are designed to grow software licensing to overcome their inability to scale and inherent unreliability. They also require all cores to be licensed regardless if the license factor is .5, a 48 core server is still 24 cores and mix in RAC to cluster and it now becomes 48 cores of Oracle EE + RAC which is $70,500 per core + 22% annual maintenance. Oracle's SPARC servers are only a little better. The T5/M5 have improved performance but are RISC versions of x86 servers. In other words they are lacking the traditional RISC availability features. IBM's Power servers let you allocate only the cores needed for the workload and license just those cores. Even though the license penalty box factor is 1.0 that may be 8 cores when the 48 core is still 24 licenses. Because of the efficiency of the Power Hypervisor and the ability to drive the utilization rate it isn't uncommon to see a 4:1, 6:1 or even a 10:1 reduction in cores and thus licenses due to these efficiencies.
Because Power servers have true mainframe heritage RAS features underpinning them all you can often eliminate expensive cluster software like Oracle RAC and additional servers as you consolidate multiple workloads onto fewer servers.
When you reduce Oracle licenses you reduce support costs. 22% times 8 licenses is much less money than 22% times 24 licenses....every year. That is how you keep Larry from buying the next Hawaiian island so your business can reinvest, maybe maintain benefits or even consider raises.
Go with DB2 on AIX on a Power server and you get built-in compression, clustering, tools, performance pack, BLU acceleration and much more where you would pay for each of these features separately with Oracle. Choose PostgresQL as the DB with Linux on Power servers and you get the reliability, scalability and virtualization flexibility with the open source benefits. Last results I saw using IBM's Advanced ToolChain compiler it delivered roughly 2X the results for the same workload running on x86.
It may sound like a commercial but it also may be true. If it is true, is your business identified by what servers and OS it runs or by the results and savings produced by that solution?