The secret WebLogic license (ADF on the cheap)

On one of the ODTUG mailing lists, we had a discussion about the cost of running ADF, so I thought I’d share the numbers I came up with.

The April technology price list shows:

  • A pure TopLink and ADF license for $5800 per CPU. You can run this on any server – unfortunately, ADF 11g is only supported on Weblogic…
  • Internet Application Server Standard Edition One for the same $5800 per CPU.

Interestingly, the Oracle Application Server includes something called WebLogic Server Basic (aka “The Secret WebLogic License”). Careful reading of the Oracle Fusion Middleware Licensing 11g manual will uncover the statement "When Oracle Internet Application Server is licensed independently of WebLogic Suite, a constrained WebLogic license, called WebLogic Server Basic, is included". You’ll find a description of this in Appendix A of the Licensing manual. While the restrictions do take away most of what makes WebLogic great, the basic JEE application server functionality remains – and ADF is not excluded.

Quick! Buy now, before the licensing rules change!