Oracle Launches Industry’s Most Generous Free Tier Cloud Computing Service

Oracle has announced its first Arm-based compute offering, OCI Ampere A1 Compute, along with a range of tools, solutions and support to enable Arm-based application development. 

Oracle also claimed it’s the only major cloud provider to offer its Arm compute instances at only one cent per core hour, the industry’s lowest cost per core and with flexible VM sizing.

This means customers can run cloud-native and general-purpose workloads on Arm instances with significant price-performance benefits.

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Available on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), the cloud computing service is powered by data centre chips from Ampere Computing based on technology from Arm Ltd.

“The increasingly distributed nature of work means modern applications don’t just live in the cloud, it lives at the edge.  In the Asia Pacific, this is being driven by smart industry-edge applications, real-time analytics and IoT, as businesses seek to improve operations and deliver new experiences to their customers,” said Chris Chelliah, Senior Vice President, Technology and Customer Strategy, Asia Pacific & Japan.

He said applications need infrastructure that is open, extremely efficient, scalable and secure and this is what ARM architectures deliver. 

Additionally, to help customers take advantage of the latest in Arm technology, Oracle is working closely with a wide variety of technology and open source partners, such as GitLab, Jenkins, Rancher, Datadog, OnSpecta, NGINX, and Genymobile. Oracle is also joining the Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF), an open-source, vendor-neutral community for sustaining the fastest-growing CI/CD open-source projects.

When running x264 video encoding workloads on OCI Ampere A1, Oracle saw up to a 10 percent performance increase, and up to a 22 percent price-performance benefit compared to x86 based systems. Oracle saw up to a 46 percent performance increase, and up to a 62 percent price-performance benefit compared to x86 based systems for NGINX reverse proxy workloads on OCI Ampere A1.

“Ampere instances on OCI is a breakthrough for developers. Oracle’s Free Tier is a great offering that allows them to test the OCI Ampere A1 compute platform and experience the first-cloud native processor that delivers predictable performance, scalability and power needed,” said Renee James, founder, chairman and CEO, Ampere Computing in a statement. 

Shanthi S
Shanthi has been a feature writer for over a decade and has worked in several print and digital media companies. She specialises in writing company profiles, interviews and trends. Through her articles for the Analytics India Magazine, she aims to humanise tech in India. She is also a mom and her favourite pastime is playing a game of monopoly or watching Gilmore Girls with her daughter.

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