I'm confused by Oracle's licensing for their Standard Edition.
My understanding is that licensing for the Standard Edition is determined by the number or physical processors (actual chips, not cores) available in the host machine. For example if I have a host box with 8 processors and I have 4 virtual machines running on it, Oracle's documentation says that each of those processors counts toward the license total regardless of how many are allocated to the virtual machine running the database.
The part that confuses me is that Standard Edition is limited to 4 processors. Does this mean that I'd have to pay for 4 processor licenses, 8 processor licenses, or not be allowed to install Oracle Standard on such a box because it has too many processors?