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Oracle has announced that as of January 2019, Java SE 8 public updates will no longer be available for “Business, Commercial or Production use” without a license. This is being done in an effort to push Oracle customers towards subscription-based support.

Through our investigation of the Java subscription based model, it is our understanding that some software vendors that utilize Java may change their software to utilize the open (free) platform or make modifications to help support their customers. The best place to gather information regarding specific software you use in your organization is with those application vendors directly.


Is Oracle Java still free?

Java SE will still be available under the Oracle Binary Code License (BCL) free of charge for personal use only. Personal use is defined on the Oracle website as follows: “Personal use is using Java on a desktop or laptop computer to do things such as to play games or run other personal applications. If you are using Java on a desktop or laptop computer as part of any business operations, that is not personal use. For example, you could use a Java productivity application to do your own homework or your personal taxes, but you could not use it to do your business accounting.”

How much will this cost?

The cost of subscriptions are: $2.50/month per workstation and $25/month per processor per/server if you are running server side client based software. This can be purchased directly from Oracle: Link to Java SE 8 Subscription

When is this happening?

SkyPort IT, Inc realizes the impact this can have on your organization. Unfortunately Java is a high threat vector and security updates are imperative to keep your environment safe. Currently we have suspended the updates in your environment to allow you to prepare for the update. We will re-enable updates for Java on July 1st.

What are my options?

There are a few options.

As a client, you can subscribe to Java SE 8 by workstation/server and still receive coverage.

You can also decide to remove Java from all workstations and servers, although you’d lose what benefit Java is providing for your organization.

Java is a widely used programming language and removing it from your workstations and servers may interrupt critical and non-critical business operations. Confirm with your software provider if it’s needed or not.

How do I prepare for this update?

You should confirm what Core Business Applications will require Java in your organization. If required, you will have to subscribe to the service to continue receiving updates and purchase licenses. You should confirm with application vendors what their intention is regarding the use of Java SE 8 with their software applications.

What if I don’t want to update Java?

You can remain on the current version of Java and disable updates, however this is a high security risk. In this case, SkyPort IT will need to have you sign a software non-compliance agreement. If you would like to subscribe to Java SE 8 and Oracle’s license update, please click here.

If you wish to have the current version of Java disabled against your account you will need to sign a noncompliance agreement with us before July 1, 2019.

Please make sure all employees are aware of this update.

Contact us if you need assistance at any point during this transition.

SkyPort IT continues to research Java concerns and will keep you updated.


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