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Virtual Machine (VM)

Virtual machines (VM) provide secure and elastic compute capacity in the cloud for workloads ranging from small development projects to large-scale, global applications such as real-time communication platforms. Flexible shapes enable users to optimize VM resources with customized processor and memory values for improved price-performance.

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Forrester: Fire Up Cloud-Based High-Performance Computing To Stoke Innovation

HPC on OCI enables businesses like Flinders University, ELEM Biotech, and Snowball Studios to develop vaccines and create 3D models of human organs.

451 Research: Five tactics for taming the cloud complexity beast

There is a perfect storm of complexity in the cloud infrastructure market. Flexible vCPU and RAM from OCI can reduce complexity and better meet application needs.

Optimized3 instances outperform and outprice AWS

OCI Optimized3 instances perform up to 58% better and provide 2x improved price-performance than comparable AWS Intel instances.

Oracle Cloud Architecture Center

Optimize and customize cloud configurations through reference architectures, quick-start guides and other resources.

Why choose Oracle Virtual Machines?

Flexibility in VM shapes

Configure virtual machines to precisely meet application requirements. Flexible VMs offer nonstandard configurations like 3vCPUs and 13GB of RAM for AMD, Arm, and Intel processors.

Designed for a variety of workloads

OCI offers standard shapes, dense I/O shapes, GPU shapes, and optimized shapes for general purpose, database, hardware-accelerated, and HPC workloads.

Optimized for Oracle apps

Use OCI’s migration, provisioning and management tools for Oracle applications like E-Business Suite, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Siebel, and Hyperion for seamless cloud migration.

Cost-effective platform for ISVs

ISVs can build, deploy, and run their applications on OCI because of its high performance and consistently lower costs than AWS.

Oracle helps Manhattan transact billions of retail sales

“Oracle Cloud provides our customers with the speed and reliability to manage critical operations 24/7.”

Jeff Demenkow
Vice President, Professional Services, Manhattan Associates

Mazda cuts costs by 50% and boosts performance by 70% with Oracle Cloud

“We migrated a global inventory management system that tracks thousands of automotive repair parts and accessories from an on-premises system to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. We've already achieved a 70% increase in performance and cut our 5-year total cost of ownership in half.”

Masahiko Tamura
General Manager, Supply Chain Systems Department, Mazda Motor Corporation

Tango Eye serves more customers at lower cost with Oracle

“Since moving off AWS, we have quadrupled our data footprint while reducing our costs by 40%. We use 33% less GPU-compute capacity on OCI than AWS.”

Suren Gounder
CEO, Tango Eye

National Grid analyzes weather 40% better on Oracle Cloud

“Oracle Cloud Infrastructure allows us to process tens of thousands of models, so we can train our algorithms very quickly. It’s one of the best platforms in the world for the type of work we do.”

James Kelloway
Energy Intelligence Manager, National Grid ESO

Cisco performance increases 60X using Oracle Cloud

With Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, the Cisco Tetration application gets 70 to 75 percent CPU utilization, compared with 5 to 10 percent as seen with other cloud providers.

OCI technical case studies

Dive deeper into real-world customer deployments through secure, scalable and geographically distributed architectures.

Virtual Machines on OCI

Learn more about VMs that run on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Customize vCPUs and memory for virtual machines

A flexible shape lets users customize the number of virtual CPUs (vCPUs) and the amount of memory (RAM) when launching or resizing virtual machines. The network bandwidth and number of virtual network interfaces (VNICs) scale proportionately with the number of OCPUs. This flexibility lets engineers build VMs that match their workloads, enabling the organization to optimize performance and minimize cost.

  • Support AMD, Arm-based Ampere, and Intel processors
  • Maximum cores: 80 (160 vCPUs)
  • Maximum memory per core: 64 GB per core
  • Minimum memory: equivalent to number of cores (starting at 1 GB)
  • Maximum memory: 256 GB

VMs with predefined cores and memory

Standard instances are designed for general-purpose workloads and suitable for a wide range of applications and use cases. Standard shapes provide a balance of cores, memory, and network resources, and are available with Intel, AMD, and Arm-based processors. Dense I/O shapes can be used for large databases, big data workloads, and applications that require high-performance local storage. GPU shapes include Intel or AMD CPUs and NVIDIA graphics processors for AI/ML workloads and video rendering. Optimized shapes are ideal for high performance computing (HPC) workloads.

  • Standard shapes support AMD, Arm-based Ampere, and Intel processors
  • Additional shapes include dense I/O, GPU, optimized, and DVH
  • Dense I/O shapes for applications that require high-performance local storage
  • GPU shapes for hardware-accelerated workloads
  • Optimized shapes for workloads that require high-frequency processor cores

Optimize utilization and security for virtual machines

Burstable instances provide a baseline level of CPU performance with the ability to burst to a higher level to support occasional spikes in usage. Burstable instances are designed for scenarios where an instance is typically idle, or has low CPU utilization with occasional spikes in usage. They're also ideal for scaled-down workloads that don't require a full core.

Shielded instances harden the firmware security on bare metal hosts and virtual machines (VMs) to defend against malicious boot level software. Shielded instances use the combination of Secure Boot, Measured Boot, and the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) to harden the firmware security on OCI instances.

Preemptible instances improve economics for workloads that only need to run for brief periods or that can be interrupted when the capacity is reclaimed. Preemptible instances behave the same as regular compute instances, but the capacity is reclaimed when it's needed elsewhere, and the instances are terminated.

On-demand, reserved, and dedicated instances

On-demand capacity

Pay for only the compute capacity consumed. With on-demand capacity, customers pay for compute capacity by the second, and pay only for the seconds that their instances are running.

Reserved capacity

Reserve capacity for future usage, and ensure that capacity is available to create compute instances whenever it’s needed. When instances are terminated, the capacity is returned to the reservation, and the unused capacity in the reservation increases.

Dedicated capacity

Run VM instances on dedicated servers that are a single tenant and not shared with other customers. This feature lets customers meet compliance and regulatory requirements or to meet host-based licensing requirements.

Related cloud infrastructure products

Bare Metal Compute

Delivering high performance for enterprise workloads.

Containers and Kubernetes

Your choice of technologies including Kubernetes and containers.

GPU instances

NVIDIA GPUs for machine learning, scientific visualization, and other graphics processing.

HPC instances

Capabilities such as RDMA, high performance storage, and network traffic isolation.
NOVEMBER 17, 2021

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure scores 78 percent in 2021 Gartner Solution Scorecard for IaaS and PaaS, showing continued momentum

Clay Magouyrk, Executive Vice President, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Engineering

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) has again demonstrated strong growth, introducing hundreds of services and features over the past year. With all the challenges of a global pandemic, our teams continued to deliver on our product vision, and I’m both amazed and sincerely grateful.

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Pricing for OCI Virtual Machines

Explore pricing for OCI Compute—Virtual Machines.

Compute - Virtual Machine Instances*

Product Comparison Price (/vCPU) * Unit price Unit
Compute – Ampere A1 – OCPU

OCPU per hour
Compute – Ampere A1 – Memory

Gigabyte per hour
Compute - Virtual Machine Optimized - X9

OCPU per hour
Compute - Virtual Machine Optimized - X9 - Memory

Gigabyte per hour
Compute - Virtual Machine Standard - X7

OCPU per hour
Compute - Virtual Machine Dense I/O - X7

OCPU per hour
Compute - Standard - E4 - OCPU

OCPU per hour
Compute - Standard - E4 - Memory

Gigabyte per hour
Compute - Standard - E3 - OCPU

OCPU per hour
Compute - Standard - E3 - Memory

Gigabyte per hour
Compute - Virtual Machine Standard - E2 Micro - Free
OCPU per hour
Database - Marketplace Compute Image - Microsoft SQL Enterprise

OCPU per hour
Database - Marketplace Compute Image - Microsoft SQL Standard

OCPU per hour
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Compute - Standard - A1 - OCPU Per Hour (First 3,000 OCPU hours per month)

OCPU per hour
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Compute - Standard - A1 - OCPU Per Hour (Over 3,000 OCPU hours per month)

OCPU per hour
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Compute - Standard - A1 - Memory - Gigabyte Per Hour (First 18,000 Gigabyte hours per month)

Gigabyte Per Hour
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Compute - Standard - A1 - Memory - Gigabyte Per Hour (Over 18,000 Gigabyte hours per month)

Gigabyte Per Hour
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Compute - Standard - X9 - OCPU Per Hour

OCPU per hour
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Compute - Standard - X9 - Memory - Gigabyte Per Hour

Gigabyte per hour


  • 1 OCPU on x86 CPU Architecture (AMD and Intel) = 2 vCPUs
  • 1 OCPU on Arm CPU Architecture (Ampere) = 1 vCPU
  • The minimum unit of provisioning starts from 1 OCPU on both X86 (Intel and AMD) and Arm (Ampere) processors.
  • All compute instances use boot volumes as their system disk. Additional storage and boot volumes are billed at the standard block volumes service pricing. Note, that this is in addition to the price of the compute instance.
  • E3, E4, X9, A1 SKUs will support resource-based pricing. The OCPU and the memory resources are priced separately and customers will need to purchase the Memory SKU along with the OCPU SKU. The memory to OCPU ratio for VM Instances can range from 1GB/OCPU upto 64 GB/OCPU.
  • Unused Capacity reservations are priced at 85% of the price of regular instances. This discount is applied in addition to other discounts, such as UCM negotiated rates.
  • Preemptible instances are priced at 50% of the price of regular instances. This discount is applied in addition to other discounts, such as UCM negotiated rates. See the product documentation for supported shapes.

Get started with Virtual Machine services

Try 20+ Always Free cloud services, with a 30-day trial for even more

Oracle offers a Free Tier with no time limits on more than 20 services such as Compute, Storage, and Autonomous Database, as well as US$300 in free credits to try additional cloud services. Get the details and sign up for your free account today.

  • What’s included with Oracle Cloud Free Tier?

    • AMD and Arm Compute VMs
    • 200 GB total block storage
    • 10 GB object storage
    • 2 Autonomous Databases, 20 GB each
    • 10 TB outbound data transfer per month
    • 10+ more Always Free services
    • US$300 in free credits for 30 days for even more
  • Apply for OCI Arm Accelerator

    Get free Oracle Cloud Universal Credits valid for 365 days.

Learn with a hands-on lab

The best way to learn is to try it yourself. Use our tutorials and hands-on labs with the Oracle Cloud Free Tier, your own Oracle Cloud tenancy, or for selected solutions in an Oracle-provided free lab environment.

  • Deploy HA applications using load balancers

    In this lab you will deploy web servers on two compute instances in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), configured in High Availability mode by using a Load Balancer.

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    Explore basic OCI services, including Compute, Networking, and Storage.

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    In this lab you will deploy a Container Engine for Kubernetes cluster, connect to it, and run a sample application using OCI CLI.

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  • Migrate Tomcat Java Applications to OCI

    Explore how to migrate Tomcat to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and connect to an Autonomous Database.

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Explore more than 150 best-practice designs

See how our architects and other customers deploy a wide range of workloads, from enterprise apps to HPC, from microservices to data lakes. Understand the best practices, hear from other customer architects in our Built & Deployed series, and even deploy many workloads with our "click to deploy" capability—or do it yourself from our GitHub repo.

Popular architectures

  • Apache Tomcat with MySQL Database Service
  • Oracle Weblogic on Kubernetes with Jenkins
  • Machine learning (ML) and AI environments
  • Tomcat on Arm with Oracle Autonomous Database
  • Log analysis with ELK Stack
  • HPC with OpenFOAM

See how much you can save with OCI

Oracle Cloud pricing is simple, with consistent low pricing worldwide, supporting a wide range of use cases. To estimate your low rate, check out the cost estimator and configure the services to suit your needs.

Experience the difference

  • 1/4 the outbound bandwidth costs
  • 3X the compute price-performance
  • Same low price in every region
  • Low pricing without long term commitments

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