February 7th, I attended the DOAG Dev Camp 2017 in Hannover, Germany. The DevCamp is held in a ‘Bar Camp’ format, meaning that everybody can bring proposals for sessions at the day the bar camp takes place. The proposals are rated at the beginning and the auditorium can decide if they want to discuss the proposal or not.
I pitched a session on the ‘Cost of the Oracle Cloud’ which was accepted by the other attendees. At the begin of the week (around 5th of February) Oracle changed the pricing of the Oracle Cloud Trials. Before this week you could get a trail which lasted one month, now you get a credit of 300$ which you can spend on Oracles Cloud offerings in one month. Once the 300$ are gone or the month is over you get a mail asking if you like to continue to use the cloud services which are then charged on your credit card. Yes, you have to give a valid credit card if you sign up for a trail. The card is not charged until you say so, accepting the continuation of the services.
Gone are the time when you could request another trail account using a different mail address (not that anybody did such a bad thing).
Anyway, I stumbled over this change when I look at the cloud.oracle.com page in preparation of the session I planned for the DevCamp.
Well, you see that you get 300$ to spend on the cloud trail, but not how much a specific trail costs. From my experience with the cloud I know that you need DB Cloud, Storage Cloud, Compute Cloud and Java Cloud to get a Java Development environment for ADF in the cloud. Are the 300$ enough to get all those services for a decent amount of time?
In this session I tried to get an answer to this question. The attendees of the session helped to get through the different services, live during the session, to show the process!
The first impression was that nobody knows how the 300$ are spent on the services or which offerings to add up to get the price. One hint is that after the trail is over, you are charged in the ‘pay as you go’ mode. So we ended up adding the prices for the hourly services. We started with the Developer Cloud Service pricing table
As you see, it’s for free, but you have to subscribe other cloud services like Java, DB, Storage and Compute. We started building a table where we added all the prices for the different services
A question nobody could really answer was how many request are needed (in the above table). Only time can tell. As the amount looks small we decided to ‘forget’ about these cost for the moment. This question will be addressed to Oracle in the near future.
Finally you can add up all these numbers for all services you need and multiply them with the hours you plan to use the services. Assuming 8 hours per day for 21 days (168 hours) you end up with about 300$. Summary is that you can work with the 300$ for about a month, so there isn’t much of a change here.
However, you have to shut down the services when you not need them, otherwise the clock is ticking and your 300$ won’t last long.
For another sample we tried to Mobile Cloud Service. There you see a ‘Pricing’ tab, but we couldn’t find the ‘Try it’ or ‘Buy Now’ button. Clicking on the ‘Get started for free’ button transfers you back to the overview page.
It look like you can’t get a Mobile Cloud Trail at the moment. This is possibly a glitch in the web page, but it might be by intention.
Best Things Last
In the final 10 minutes of the 45 minute session we decided to go for it and to ‘buy’ the Java Cloud Service
We clicked on the ‘Buy Now’ and Eureka!
You land on a page where Oracle put together some shapes of services for you and what they would cost you per month. The computed prise is dependent on data like hours you plan to use the service per month a number of OCPUs you like to use. Anyway you can easily change this settings and end up with a nice detailed prise information.
And there is a nice summary where you see the detailed calculation
I would have liked this information up front!
Who’s clicking the ‘Buy Now’ button first thing?
To whom it may concern at Oracle, you should make this information available on the pricing page or even on the Cloud Service landing page!