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What is the Oracle Compute Cloud Service?

Oracle Compute Cloud Service 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.

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What subscription options does Oracle Compute Cloud Service offer?

You can subscribe to the following Oracle Compute Cloud Service offerings:
  • Dedicated Compute: 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.
  • Compute: In this offering, which is priced lower than Dedicated Compute, your instances run on hardware that’s shared with other tenants.

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What is the cost of each offering?

See the price list here.

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

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

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What use cases are the Compute and Dedicated Compute offerings suitable for?

  • The Dedicated Compute offering is ideal when you want to move your apps to the public cloud but want to maintain hardware isolation from other tenants in the cloud, with the option to access your site through VPN tunnels. Dedicated Compute is suitable for workloads that require scalable resources and predictable performance.
  • The Compute offering is ideal when you want to rapidly provision and tear down virtual machines for test and development environments in the public cloud on a small scale.

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Where can I find more information about Oracle Compute Cloud Service?

·      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 http://docs.oracle.com/cloud/latest/stcomputecs/.

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Which operating systems is Oracle Compute Cloud Service compatible with?

Oracle Compute Cloud Service 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 6.4 and 6.6 Oracle
Ubuntu
  • 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 2012 R2 Oracle
 
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 Oracle Compute Cloud Service. When you get 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.

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

Yes, you can use License Mobility through Software Assurance to use licenses for other Microsoft products on your Windows instances. See https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/licensing/licensing-programs/software-assurance-license-mobility.aspx.

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Can I use my own Windows license with Oracle Compute Cloud Service Windows instances?

No. If you want to create a Windows instance in Oracle Compute Cloud Service, you must use the Oracle-provided Windows images, available on Oracle Cloud Marketplace. A bring-your-own-licence (BYOL) model is not currently supported.

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Oracle Compute Cloud Service 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 Oracle Compute Cloud Service?

No. If you want to create a Windows instance in Oracle Compute Cloud Service, you must use the Oracle-provided Windows images, available on Oracle Cloud Marketplace. A bring-your-own-VM (BYOVM) model is not currently supported.

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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.

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