Oracle is the world number one database service provider. Oracle has released their database and other services in Cloud. AWS, Microsoft and Other cloud service providers are providing free service for 1 month or 1 year. But Oracle have introduced “Oracle Always Free Cloud Services”, where you can use for an unlimited time.

  • 2 Oracle Autonomous Databases with free powerful tools of Oracle Application Express (APEX) and Oracle SQL Developer
  • 2 AMD Compute Virtual Machines
  • Up to 4 instances of Arm Ampere A1 Compute
  • Block, Object, and Archive Storage, Load Balancer and data egress; Monitoring and Notifications

What are Always Free cloud services?

Infrastructure

2 AMD based Compute VMs with 1/8 OCPU and 1 GB memory each.
4 Arm-based Ampere A1 cores and 24 GB of memory usable as one VM or up to 4 VMs.
2 Block Volumes Storage, 200 GB total.
10 GB Object Storage.
10 GB Archive Storage.
Resource Manager: managed Terraform.
5 OCI Bastions.

Databases

Your choice of Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing, Autonomous Data Warehouse, Autonomous JSON Database, or APEX Application Development. Two databases total, each with 1 OCPU and 20 GB storage.
NoSQL Database with 133 million reads per month, 133 million writes per month, 25 GB storage per table, up to 3 tables.

Observability and Management

Monitoring: 500 million ingestion datapoints, 1 billion retrieval datapoints.
Application Performance Monitoring: 1000 tracing events per hour.
Notifications: 1 million sent through https per month, 1000 sent through email per month.
Service Connector Hub: 2 service connectors.

Additional services

Flexible Load Balancer: 1 instance, 10 Mbps.
Flexible Network Load Balancer.
Outbound Data Transfer: 10 TB per month.


Source : https://www.oracle.com/in/cloud/free/#always-free

How to Sign-up and proceed for next step?

Click Sign Up for Free Cloud Tier and provide following details. (Note: all are collected by oracle.com, read the terms & Conditions carefully)

  1. Your email and user information like company name, address and mobile number
  2. You need to validate your mobile number through message (Oracle will send a code to your cell)
  3. You need to choose the region you will be going to have you server location – OCI (Oracle Cloud Infrastructure)
    This needs to be near by your regional location like Mumbai or Singapore to decrease latency and improve network performance. Some regions are not available for always free.
  4. You need to add a credit card to your account to validate. This needs to be international credit card. Only one Always Free service for One credit card. You will not be charged but to validate you may get USD 1 or SGD 1 and it will be return back to your credit card. Also, Revolut card/local cards don’t work, you need a proper credit card.
  5. Steps are completed, Oracle will create your account. In fact takes around 15 minutes to several days(due to covid) until you receive a email with further instructions.
  6. After you receive your email, you can login in your dashboard and start to create your network, Disk, Database, VM’s and more. Fresa Team is happy to help you on these processes in order to promote Oracle Always Free to every small and medium companies.