What is Oracle Always Free Cloud Services?
An Oracle Always Free Cloud account provides free access to certain Oracle Cloud services for an unlimited period of time. The free services include a limited number of CPU cores, GB of RAM, and GB of storage. To use the free services, you must create an account with Oracle and provide a credit card. The credit card will not be charged unless you exceed the free limits.
Benefits of an Oracle Always Free Cloud Services
An Oracle Always Free Cloud Services provides many benefits for users, including 4 CPU cores, 24 GB of RAM, and 200 GB of storage. The main benefit of using an Oracle Always Free Cloud Services is that it allows users to create and manage multiple virtual machines (VMs) without having to worry about paying for the resources they use. In addition, an Oracle Always Free Cloud Services gives users access to a variety of features and tools that can help them manage their VMs more effectively. Finally, an Oracle Always Free Cloud Services provides users with a higher level of security than other cloud providers.
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What are you getting with Oracle Always Free Cloud Services?
With Oracle’s Always Free Cloud Services, you’ll get access to the following resources:
- 2 AMD based Compute VMs with 1/8 OCPU** and 1 GB memory each
- Arm-based Ampere A1 cores and 24 GB of memory usable as 1 VM or up to 4 VMs with 3,000 OCPU hours and 18,000 GB hours per month
- 2 Block Volumes Storage, 200 GB total
- 10 GB Object Storage – Standard
- 10 GB Object Storage – Infrequent Access
- 10 GB Archive Storage
- Resource Manager: managed Terraform
- 5 OCI Bastions
- 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.
- Step-by-Step Guide to Creating an Oracle Always Free Cloud Account
Observability and Management
- Monitoring: 500 million ingestion datapoints, 1 billion retrieval datapoints
- Application Performance Monitoring: 1000 tracing events per hour
- Logging: 10 GB per month
- Notifications: 1 million sent through https per month, 1000 sent through email per month
- Service Connector Hub: 2 service connectors
- Flexible Load Balancer: 1 instance, 10 Mbps
- Flexible Network Load Balancer
- Outbound Data Transfer: 10 TB per month
- Virtual Cloud Networks (VCN): Maximum of 2 VCNs, includes IPv4 and IPv6 support
- VCN Flow Logs: Up to 10 GB per month shared across OCI Logging services
- Site-to-Site VPN: 50 IPSec connections
- Content Management Starter Edition: 5000 assets per month
- Certificates: 5 Private CA and 150 private TLS certificates
- Email Delivery: 100 emails sent per day
** 1 OCPU on x86 CPU Architecture (AMD and Intel) = 2 vCPUs; 1 OCPU on Arm CPU Architecture (Ampere) = 1 vCPU
How to Signup for Oracle Always Free Cloud Services?
Now that you know the benefits of Oracle Always Free Cloud Services, it’s time to create your own! Follow the step by step guide below to get started.
Start with OCI Free Tier Website
To get started visit Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Free Tier Page. Click Start for Free. As a Bonus, you will also get a $300 equivalent of Free Tier for 30 Days. Always Free plus Free Tier. How cool is that!
Get yourself verified by verifying your email address. Put your name and email address. You will be sent an email to verify yourself like following. Click on Verify Email to confirm the verification.
Fill up your Account Information
Fill up the Password Field with a Strong Password. As complex as possible. But don’t forget the password.
For Customer type, you can select either Corporate or Individual. I selected Individual, because I’ll be experimenting a lot for myself. Then give your account a name as I gave roosho.
Then select the Home Region.
Choosing your Home Region for Oracle’s Always Free Cloud Services is like playing a high stakes game of poker. You must choose wisely and carefully, or you will end up losing big time.
If you’re like me, a Jack of All Trades but a Master of None, and you live in Bangladesh or any other part of South Asia. You have a better understanding of the International Gateways (IGW) for your country as I do, and you think, “OH! If I take the nearest location from me, the latency will be low, and the performance and speed will be high. The FCP, LCP TBT (or whatever Acronyms you know of) Times will be low too.” WRONG! That’s like betting all your chips on a losing hand. Most of the regions on the list don’t have enough free resources for Always Free Cloud Services. So, if their resources run out, you will be wasting your credit card/debit card for your mistake. Because, once you signup with a credit card, you can no longer signup for a new account with that card. And once you sign up with a credit card, you can’t change your region, so you’re stuck with your decision.
My suggestion? Choose wisely, like a wise old owl. I recommend selecting a US or UK location, like West US (Phoenix) for example. My last signup was on 31st January 2023 for one of my friends. The US and UK have the largest data centers in the world, and you’re more likely to find free resources for Always Free Cloud Services. Just remember, you can’t blame me if your selected location doesn’t have resources for Always Free Services.
You can always make your latency low using free CDNs like Cloudflare. So, choose wisely, and let the good times roll!
Now click on Continue to proceed with the Address Information form.
Fill up your Address
Enter your Post Address and Phone number (preferably a mobile phone number where SMS for any verification can be sent.) and click Continue. Again try to match the Address with the information on your Bank Account details to avoid address verification complications.
Add your Payment Method
Click on Add payment verification method to add your credit or debit card.
If you are in Bangladesh or any region where PayPal is not supported, you will only get the option to add Credit Card. Click on Credit Card Button to add your credit card.
Enter your Credit Card of Debit Card Information here. To take advantage of Oracle’s Always Free Cloud Services in Bangladesh, you need a Dual Currency supported Debit or Credit Card linked to a valid passport. Avoid using prepaid cards, as they won’t work with the service.
You will get the confirmation after successfully adding the Credit Card/Debit Card.
Start your Always Free Cloud Services
Once you have completed the Payment Method Verification, select the checkbox to AGREE with the Terms and Conditions of Oracle Cloud Services Agreement and click on Start my free trial.
Let Oracle Prepare your Account
You have done your part already. Now let Oracle do their job. It will take about two to ten minutes to prepare the account.
Once the account has been prepared, follow this Article to start with your Oracle Always Free Cloud Services and create a VPC server of 4 CPU Cores, 24GB of RAM, and 200GB of Storage.
Frequently Asked Questions About Using the Oracle Always Free Cloud Services
Who is eligible for Oracle Always Free Cloud Services?
Oracle’s Always Free Cloud Services are open to all who want to benefit from its powerful resources. As long as you haven’t already signed up for the Oracle Cloud Free Tier or Free Trial, you are eligible. The only requirement for signing up is a valid credit or debit card. However, it’s important to note that resources available through the service may vary depending on your location and there may be geographical restrictions. To get the most out of the Oracle Always Free Cloud Services, make sure to check the availability and limitations in your area before signing up.
What are Always Free services?
Oracle’s Always Free Cloud Services are part of the Oracle Cloud Free Tier and are available for an unlimited amount of time. There are some limitations, but when new services become available, you will be able to use them for free too. These services include computing, storage, load balancing, VPN, databases, application development, monitoring, logging, security, virtual cloud networks, and more. The goal of the program is to make these resources easily accessible to anyone who wants to use them.
Is Oracle Always Free Cloud Services available in all countries?
Oracle’s Always Free Cloud Services may not be available in all countries, and the resources offered may vary by region. It is always recommended to check the availability and limitations of the Oracle Always Free Cloud Services in your specific location before signing up. Some regions may have more resources available, while others may have restrictions on what is offered as part of the free tier. It is important to consider these factors when deciding whether to sign up for the service.
What is the limitation of Oracle Cloud Always Free Services?
The Oracle Cloud Always Free Services have certain limitations, which include:
Resource limits: There are limits on the amount of computing, storage, and network resources you can use each month. Such as 2 AMD based Compute VMs with 1/8 OCPU and 1 GB memory each or Arm-based Ampere A1 cores and 24 GB of memory usable as 1 VM or up to 4 VMs with 3,000 OCPU hours and 18,000 GB hours per month. If you exceed these limits, you may incur additional charges.
Time limitations: The free services are available for a limited period of time, usually one year from the date of sign-up. After this period, you will need to upgrade to a paid plan to continue using the services.
Location restrictions: The resources available through the Oracle Cloud Always Free Services may vary based on your location, and certain regions may have more or fewer resources available.
Availability: The resources offered as part of the free services may not always be available and are subject to change or discontinuation without notice.
It is important to review these limitations carefully before signing up for the Oracle Cloud Always Free Services, to ensure that they meet your needs and that you are aware of any potential costs or restrictions.
How many load balancers can you create as part of the always free cloud services program?
As part of the Oracle Cloud Always Free Services program, you are entitled to create one load balancer per account with 10 Mbps Bandwidth. This means that if you have multiple accounts, you can create multiple load balancers, up to the limit of one per account. However, it is important to note that the resources available through the free program are subject to change, and the number of load balancers you are able to create may be limited or restricted in certain regions or at certain times. Additionally, the performance and availability of the load balancers created through the free program may be limited compared to those created through a paid plan.