Oracle is running a free trial offer on its Oracle Cloud services. The 30-day free trial offers up to $300 in credits for computing.
Users of Oracle Cloud can employ the credits to access to a wide range of Oracle Cloud services including Databases, Analytics, Compute, and the Container Engine for Kubernetes. Free trials can run up to eight instances across all available services, using up to 5 TB of storage.
After a brief intake routine for contact information, as well as credit card data, Oracle opens its computing servers for a wide array of work. Oracle Cloud users can build, test, and deploy applications on Oracle Cloud for free.
Oracle offers these examples of Oracle Cloud use during the free 30-day introduction:
Compute: 3,500 hours, 1.5 TB of storage. High-performance VMs and bare metal servers.
Storage: 5 TB storage. Object and block storage to store and access data at scale.
Containers: 3,500 hours of compute for managed Kubernetes and 2 TB of storage for highly available Docker registry. Cloud users pay only for resources in their secure and isolated cloud partition.
Functions: 112 million invocations and 20 million gigabyte memory-seconds of execution time.
Load Balancer: 3,500 hours. Automatically distribute traffic and deliver scalability and fault tolerance.
FastConnect: 1,400 hours. This service can connect a datacenter to the cloud with a private network.
Among the many tasks that Oracle Cloud can do is hosting a virtualized server for SPARC emulations, as well as those for MPE/iX and Digital processors. Stromasys and its Charon suite can be hosted in the Oracle Cloud. Oracle is newer player in the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) game. Within a month after Oracle announced sustained profitability on its cloud operations, Stromasys also rolled out plans for offering HP 3000 virtualization through Oracle Cloud.
The offering for virtualization has had several years to settle in. “We are thrilled to offer a robust cloud solution to our customers by collaborating with Oracle,” said Stromasys CEO John Prot in a 2017 press release.
The cloud represents a huge opportunity for a partner community. The Stromasys release noted that the Oracle Cloud is “the industry’s broadest and most integrated public cloud, offering a complete range of services across SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. It supports new cloud environments, existing ones, and hybrid, and all workloads, developers, and data.”
When the new 30-day trial period for its expanded set of services ends, Oracle Cloud users can continue using the Always Free services with no interruption.