Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute Classic FAQ

General Questions

What is Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute Classic?

Compute Classic is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service solution that provides on-demand, scalable compute resources—virtual machines with the required networking and storage resources—in the public cloud.

What subscription options does Compute Classic offer?

You can subscribe to the following Compute Classic offerings:
  • Dedicated Compute Classic: With this offering, you get a compute environment (called a site) that’s isolated at the hardware level. Your virtual machines (called instances) run on hardware that’s dedicated to you. You enjoy complete network isolation from other tenants. You can choose Oracle's enterprise grade x86 servers.
  • Compute Classic: In this offering, which is priced lower than Dedicated Compute Classic, your instances run on hardware that’s shared with other tenants.

What is the cost of each offering?

See the price list here.

Where can I find the Billing and pricing information for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure?

For information on the billing of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, see the Billing Guide.

What are the differences between the Compute Classic and Dedicated Compute Classic offerings?

The following table summarizes the feature differences between the Compute Classic and Dedicated Compute Classic offerings:
Feature Compute Classic Dedicated Compute Classic
Hardware Isolation No Yes
Site-to-site VPN Available Available
Compute Capacity (OCPUs) Elastic, in increments of 1 500, 1000, 1500 or 2000 on x86 servers
An OCPU is defined as the CPU capacity equivalent of one physical core of an Intel Xeon processor with hyper threading enabled. For Intel Xeon processor each OCPU corresponds to two hardware execution threads, known as vCPUs.

Where can I find more information about Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute Classic?

·      For technical FAQs, see the product documentation.
·      To get an overview of the service, watch this 2-minute video.
·      For more product documentation, tutorials, and videos, go to

Which operating systems is Compute Classic compatible with?

Compute Classic is compatible with several operating systems. Some images are provided by Oracle, and some are provided by Oracle partners.

Operating System Versions Image Provided by
Oracle Linux Oracle Linux 5, 6 and 7 Oracle
Ubuntu Server 14.04-LTS amd64
Ubuntu Server 15.10 amd64
Ubuntu Server 12.04-LTS amd64
Oracle partner
CentOS CentOS 6 and 7 Oracle partner
Debian Debian 8 (Jessie) Oracle partner
Microsoft Windows
2008 R2
2012 R2
2016 R2
Oracle Solaris Oracle Solaris 11.3 Oracle
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
Oracle partner
You can, of course, build your own image from scratch.

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Windows Licensing Information

Who is responsible for the Windows license? Does Oracle provide it, or should I bring my own?

Oracle provides licenses for Windows instances on Compute Classic deployed from the Oracle Cloud Marketplace. When you use a Windows image from Oracle Cloud Marketplace, the terms and conditions for using the image are displayed. You must read and accept those terms before you can create a Windows instance.

What about licenses for other Microsoft products? Can I use my own licenses to install Microsoft products on Compute Classic Windows instances?

Yes, you can use License Mobility through Software Assurance to use licenses for other Microsoft products on your Windows instances. See

Compute Classic allows me to create custom images and use them to create instances. Using the same process, can I create a Windows image and use it to create Windows instances in Compute Classic?

You may bring a custom Windows image to the Compute Classic when you use your own license, as described below. You may not use a Compute Classic provided license in your custom Windows image at this time.

What support, if any, does Oracle provide for Windows instances?

Oracle provides support for the operating system on Windows instances. Oracle doesn't provide support for any other Microsoft products or any third-party or open-source applications that you deploy on your Windows instances.

What service allows me to bring my own Microsoft Windows Server license to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute Classic?

Review the table below to determine which offering best meets your licensing requirements.
Compute Classic
Compute Classic
License Included
from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic
SQL Server* ✔**
MSDN Not Permitted
Other* ✔**
*Subject to Microsoft's Terms and Conditions.
**Application licenses may require License Mobility through Software Assurance when running on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic Windows Server Instances. Questions about your licensing rights should be directed to Microsoft or your Microsoft reseller.

Note that when bringing your license to Compute Classic you are solely liable for meeting your licensing obligations with Microsoft.

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