Channel Register: Oracle has changed the pricing on its database software to make it less expensive for customers who use Oracle's hardware and more expensive for those with HP servers.
Oracle's software pricing is complicated. Under one of the possible options, prices are based on the number of cores in a server. Oracle assigns a multiplier to account for the varying speeds of the cores. In the latest version of Oracle's price list, servers that use Oracle's newest processors get a 50 percent price break on software compared to the HP servers using the newest Intel processors.
However, some customers get around the per-core complications by choosing to buy the software on a per-user basis instead.