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May I use an Oracle XE DB instance to demo my applications (explicitly not for production but just for dummy data to show functionality)? If customers are interested in the application, I would buy a license on a per-customer base or using a single instance for many customers.
Yes you can.
This Dietmar Aust blog post might also help understand XE license
My Blog: http://dbswh.webhop.net/htmldb/f?p=BLOG:HOME:0
loxal wrote:Please read the License Rights section of 'Oracle Technology Network Developer License Terms for Oracle Database Express Edition', the license accepted before download of the software.
May I use an Oracle XE DB instance to demo my applications
There's a part about demonstrations specifically.
If customers are interested in the application, I would buy a license on a per-customer base or using a single instance for many customers.Standard Database licensing or license terms may not apply to hosting / service providers. You would probably need additional licensing for hosting, if that is what's implied by "for" customers.
I'm not so sure that there's an exception for XE, at least not according to OTN license terms (with "your own internal" key phrase).
I have not seen the wording for hosting easily available online, e.g. https://shop.oracle.com/ , but that may have changed with saas/paas or "cloud" marketing, etc.
Read the article referenced above, but make sure you read the terms and build and test your own understanding of license terms, preferrably with help from your company's lawyers.
Just a quick thought, but one alternative might be AWS, as I believe they can provide instances that runs Oracle Database with some sort of usage based "renting" of licenses.