The University of Utah has purchased a one-time, 12-month Oracle Java subscription license that covers Oracle Java product use by all of University of Utah campus and UHealth organizations. The 12-month subscription was purchased in order to give university organizations time to migrate to alternative no-cost Java products for in-house and vendor-provided software. University IT leaders strongly urge system administrators to migrate to alternative no-cost Java products as soon as possible, no later than May 2020.
University organizations must follow a new approval process in order to purchase, lease, develop or otherwise acquire enterprise software. The approval process includes completing the current version of the university’s technical Request for Proposal (RFP) document; gaining approval from the appropriate university IT governance committees; and completing a three-year Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) form, which must be approved by both the cognizant dean/administrative director and the University CIO
Oracle is changing the cost model for their Java products and support. While historically their Java products and support have been free, in the near future the company will begin charging fees for licensing, support, and maintenance of their implementations of Java. This will affect past, current, and future releases.