Cloud Economics

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure provides consistently lower prices

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is built for enterprises seeking higher performance, lower costs, and production support for their mission-critical workloads. OCI allows customers to save consistently on compute, storage, and networking compared with AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud.

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Learn about the tremendous cost-performance advantages of OCI's flexible instances.

Customer-friendly pricing

  • Lower-priced infrastructure

    OCI infrastructure—compute, storage, and networking—delivers the same or better performance at a consistently lower price than other cloud providers. OCI offers a modern cloud experience unencumbered by the legacy design choices other cloud providers have made; we redesigned our hardware on top of bare metal servers and use off-box virtualization for the control plane. Choose to pay less with OCI.

  • A data-friendly network

    Companies like yours send vast quantities of data across the globe to customers, partners, branch offices, recovery sites, and other cloud providers. Instead of holding your data hostage with exorbitant egress fees, OCI offers 10 TB of free data egress every month and up to 10X lower network charges than other providers. Move your data wherever you want.

  • Consistently low global pricing

    OCI provides a consistent pricing experience in every region worldwide, including government regions. Where other providers have both higher and different prices in almost every region outside the US, OCI customers enjoy the same services, performance, and prices everywhere. Enable your global strategy while staying within budget.

  • Enterprise support included

    OCI was purpose-built for mission-critical applications. The base fees for OCI services include enterprise-level support for those services. There is no extra charge for technical support for production workloads using OCI. This is in stark contrast with other cloud providers who can charge you 3% to 10% of the prior month’s (or year’s) bill, sometimes with a minimum fee, whether or not you ever contact support. Don’t pay extra for enterprise support.

  • Reduce your tech support bill

    With Oracle Support Rewards, the more you use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, the more you save. Customers can accrue US$0.25 to US$0.33 in rewards for every US$1 spent on OCI. Those rewards can be used to pay your on-premises tech software license support bill, even down to zero.1

  • Bring your own license

    Keep your existing licenses for on-premises software at your negotiated rate when moving to supported OCI services or PaaS offerings. Use the Cost Estimator to model your savings.

  • Get help migrating

    Oracle Cloud Lift Services provide guidance from cloud engineers on planning, architecting, prototyping, and managing cloud migrations. Clients can move critical workloads in weeks, or even days, instead of months by leveraging these included services for customer tenancies.2

  • Choose the compute you need

    Unlike some other providers, OCI Compute allows you to scale the size of a virtual machine by a single CPU core and 1 GB/core on AMD, Arm-based, and Intel processors, so you avoid overpaying for unneeded capacity. Other providers can require you to double your compute size even when you need just a little more capacity.

Compute: The foundation of cloud services

Compute is at the heart of all cloud services and is the most well-known offering, whether virtual machines, containers, or serverless functions. OCI Compute is designed from the ground up to capitalize on bare metal performance and off-box virtualization, both of which provide predictable performance and avoid the noisy neighbor effect.

OCI Compute is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to migrate your existing applications to the cloud without re-architecting.

Compare compute costs across clouds

For a similar configuration on current hardware, OCI costs less.

57%

Less than AWS m6a.xlarge

57%

Less than Azure D4as v5

61%

Less than Google Cloud n2d-standard-4

Compared with the monthly cost of 2 OCPU (4 vCPU) AMD (E4) with 16 GB in US eastern regions.

On-demand prices as of June 16, 2023.

Monthly virtual machine cost

Virtual machines are a foundational service in the cloud, capable of running a variety of workloads. Virtual machines provide a high degree of control because you manage the operating system and any software you install.

The graph shows the costs of running a typically sized AMD-based virtual machine for an entire month. (Intel-based virtual machines show a similar trend.)

OCI charges the same in all regions, which is reflected in the graph. The other cloud providers charge a varying amount, depending on the region. The difference can be significant.

On-demand pricing—AMD, 4 vCPU, 16 GB

Note: Google Cloud doesn’t offer government-only regions.

Monthly virtual machine cost chart, description below
Monthly virtual machine cost: On-demand pricing—AMD, 4 vCPU, 16 GB
Service US East Brazil Uk Germany India Singapore Japan Australia US Government
OCI VM.Standard.E4.Flex $54.02 $54.02 $54.02 $54.02 $54.02 $54.02 $54.02 $54.02 $54.02
AWS m6a.xlarge $126.14 $201.04 $145.85 $151.11 $81.10 $157.68 $162.94 $157.68 $159.14
Azure D4as v5 $125.56 $201.48 $146.00 $151.84 $81.03 $157.68 $163.52 $157.68 $159.14
Google Cloud n2d-standard-4 $138.93 $195.82 $158.93 $158.93 $81.42 $152.18 $158.26 $175.04

Monthly bare metal server cost

Bare metal servers allow you to leverage the full power of a server, including your own hypervisor, on OCI. Bare metal servers are ideal for high performance computing (HPC) workloads, where many servers operate as a clustered unit.

The graph shows the cost of running a bare metal server for an entire month. Similar to virtual machines, OCI charges the same for the same bare metal servers in all regions, which is reflected in the graph. The other cloud provider charges a varying amount, depending on the region.

On-demand pricing—AMD, 256 vCPU, 2,048 GB

Note: Azure and Google Cloud don't publish pricing for their bare metal offerings.

Monthly bare metal server cost chart, description below
Monthly bare metal server cost: On-demand pricing—AMD, 256 vCPU, 2,048 GB
Service US East Brazil Uk Germany Singapore Japan Australia
OCI BM.Standard.E4.128 $4,579 $4,579 $4,579 $4,579 $4,579 $4,579 $4,579
AWS m6a.metal $6,055 $9,650 $7,001 $7,253 $7,569 $7,821 $7,569

You can save with OCI

OCI offers globally consistent pricing, flexible consumption and deployment models, security services, and enterprise support included at no additional cost. Request a free cloud bill comparison today to see how much you could save by migrating some or all of your workloads to OCI.

Networking: The key to connecting cloud services

Networking enables cloud services to operate, communicate, and scale. OCI Networking allows you to create virtual data centers in the cloud that are securely isolated but fully connected to the entire range of OCI services.

Network design significantly impacts application performance. OCI created a nonblocking network that provides performance guarantees.

Compare data egress costs across clouds

For 50 TB of monthly data egress, OCI costs less.

92%

Less than AWS

90%

Less than Azure standard tier

90%

Less than Google Cloud

Compared with the monthly cost of outbound data leaving US regions.

Prices as of June 16, 2023.

Monthly data egress fees

Public internet

A per-byte fee is charged for data leaving a region—a data egress cost. Because the networking infrastructure is owned by different companies, the pricing varies across the globe for all cloud providers.

However, the other cloud providers can use data egress fees to trap your data by making it too expensive to move data outside of one of their regions.

OCI is different. OCI includes 10 TB of monthly data egress for free, which is significantly more than the other cloud providers. After the free 10 TB, OCI charges significantly less. This graph shows how your costs can escalate as you move more data from different cloud providers’ global regions to a US destination.

Monthly data egress fees-Public internet chart, description below
Monthly data egress fees from Europe: Public internet
Bandwidth consumed OCI AWS Azure Google Cloud
50 TB $340 $4,291 $3,392 $3,450
100 TB $765 $7,791 $6,392 $7,350
500 TB $4,165 $28,791 $23,392 $25,700
Monthly data egress fees from South America: Public internet
Bandwidth consumed OCI AWS Azure Google Cloud
50 TB $1,000 $7,005 $4,588 $4,600
100 TB $2,250 $13,305 $8,588 $9,700
500 TB $12,250 $59,505 $38,838 $41,100
Monthly Data Egress fees from Japan: Public internet
Bandwidth consumed OCI AWS Azure Google Cloud
50 TB $1,000 $4,689 $4,089 $4,100
100 TB $2,250 $8,989 $7,589 $8,600
500 TB $12,250 $42,689 $32,089 $36,100

Private line, 10 Gb/sec

If you need more control or consistent connectivity, you can use a private line service. A private (or dedicated) line can have two pricing components: a “port” charge and a per-byte charge.

OCI is again different because there is no per-byte charge. All the other cloud providers have both a port and per-byte charge.

For a dedicated, 10 Gb/sec connection, the pricing difference is significant. The OCI FastConnect service is just US$931 per month, regardless of how much data is transferred. The other cloud providers start charging significantly more when the data volume increases.

The pricing doesn’t include the third-party cost of the private line itself, which varies globally.

Note: Azure costs are based on the best metered or unlimited prices.

Monthly data egress fees-Private line, 10 Gb/sec chart, description below
Monthly data egress fees from Europe: Private line, 10 Gb/sec
Bandwidth consumed OCI AWS Azure Google Cloud
30% (986 TB) $931 $29,434 $28,038 $21,482
50% (1,643 TB) $931 $47,961 $44,463 $34,622
75% (2,464 TB) $931 $71,120 $51,300 $51,047
Monthly data egress fees from South America: Private line, 10 Gb/sec
Bandwidth consumed OCI AWS Azure Google Cloud
30% (986 TB) $931 $149,468 $51,300 $80,612
50% (1,643 TB) $931 $248,018 $51,300 $133,172
75% (2,464 TB) $931 $371,205 $51,300 $198,872
Monthly data egress fees from Japan: Private line, 10 Gb/sec
Bandwidth consumed OCI AWS Azure Google Cloud
30% (986 TB) $931 $90,259 $51,300 $43,163
50% (1,643 TB) $931 $149,389 $51,300 $70,757
75% (2,464 TB) $931 $223,301 $51,300 $105,250

Speedy storage: High I/O rate and dynamic performance

Some workloads require demanding I/O: high operations per second and high throughput bandwidth. OCI offers flexible, NVMe-based block storage volumes with the ability to select your desired performance—and only OCI provides a performance SLA for block storage.

You can change the performance of OCI Block Volumes dynamically without detaching or recreating them. You can also enable automatic tuning so the performance of the volumes adjusts between limits you set—all at competitively low prices.

Compare block storage costs across clouds

For a similar configuration on current hardware, OCI costs less.

82%

Less than AWS
gp3, 100 GB, 6K IOPS

82%

Less than Azure
Premium SSD v2, 100 GB, 6K IOPS

61%

Less than Google Cloud
Zonal balanced persistent disk, 100 GB, 3.6K IOPS

Compared with OCI block storage, 100 GB, balanced performance, 6K IOPS.

Prices as of June 16, 2023.

Monthly block storage cost

On-demand pricing for balanced performance, 6K to 25K IOPS

Block storage is the performant storage you attach to virtual machines or bare metal servers. In addition to size, you can select performance characteristics, such as the throughput (measured in MB/sec) and I/O operations (measured in input/output operations per second (IOPS)).

For moderate workloads, a balanced performance is sufficient, which means lower performance characteristics.

The graph shows the cost of block storage that provides from 6K to 25K IOPS. If the cloud provider offered multiple options, including the need to purchase “performance credits,” the cheapest option was selected. If increasing the size to obtain additional performance was cheaper than purchasing IOPS, that was done. Additional options, such as replication, were declined. For AWS, the choice was gp3. For Azure, it was Premium SSD v2 with LRS redundancy. For Google Cloud, it was balanced Persistent Disk with zonal redundancy.

OCI provides the needed performance at a significantly lower cost for the selected sizes.

Monthly block storage cost: On-demand pricing for balanced performance, 6K IOPS chart, description below
Monthly block storage cost: On-demand pricing for balanced performance, 6K IOPS
Size OCI balanced AWS gp3 Azure Premium SSD v2 Google Cloud Balanced, zonal, LRS
500 GB $21 $110 $160 $55
1,000 GB $43 $159 $200 $110
10,000 GB $425 $879 $929 $1,100

On-demand pricing for high performance from 8K to 375K IOPS

Block storage needs to provide significantly more performance for high performance workloads, such as a database or HPC. With large workloads, the performance demands can escalate significantly as the size increases.

The graph shows the cost of block storage that provides increasing throughput, from 38K IOPS up to a blistering 375K IOPS, as the storage size increases.

Again, the cheapest option was selected for each cloud provider and any additional options were declined. For AWS, the choice was io2 as gp3 tops out at just 256K IOPS. For Azure, it was Ultra Disk, although it is limited to 160K IOPS. For Google Cloud, it was Hyperdisk Extreme.

For Azure, Premium SSD v2 could be used for the 38K and 75K IOPS use cases, but this would require copying all data to a new storage device to expand beyond the 80K IOPS limit. Google Cloud balanced Persistent Disk has similar limitations, topping out at 120K IOPS. For each cloud provider, the comparison includes only the service that can best meet the performance characteristics offered by OCI.

For Azure, Premium SSD v2 could be used for the 38K and 75K IOPS use cases, but this would require copying all data to a new storage device to expand beyond the 80K IOPS limit. Google Cloud balanced Persistent Disk has similar limitations, topping out at 120K IOPS. For each cloud provider, the comparison includes only the service that can best meet the performance characteristics offered by OCI.

OCI again provides the needed performance at a significantly lower cost for the selected sizes.

Monthly block storage cost: On-demand pricing for high performance from 8K to 375K IOPS chart, description below
Monthly block storage cost: On-demand pricing for high performance from 8K to 375K IOPS
Size OCI high performance AWS io2 Azure Premium SSD v2 Google Cloud Extreme
500 GB at 38 K IOPS $29.75 $2,395.50 $226.79 $2,500.00
1,000 GB at 75 K IOPS $60.00 $4,029.00 $462.29 $5,000.00
5,000 GB at 375 K IOPS $298.00 $10,321.00 $812.29 $8,425.00

Containers and serverless: Enabling cloud native development

Cloud native architectures and modern technologies (including microservices, containers, Kubernetes, and serverless) are transforming the way we design, develop, and ship applications. OCI provides rapid time to value when building modern apps.

OCI Container Engine for Kubernetes (OKE) enables you to simplify the operation of enterprise-grade Kubernetes as a managed service. Serverless Kubernetes allows you to scale your containerized application without manually administrating the clusters.

Compare Kubernetes costs across clouds

OKE provides more value for less money for serverless operations.

63%

Less than Amazon EKS

63%

Less than Azure AKS

65%

Less than Google Cloud GKE

Compared with OKE, the monthly cost of a 20-pod cluster on serverless nodes.

Prices as of April 14, 2023.

See the Kubernetes cloud cost comparison blog post for details.

Discounting made simple

  • OCI

    Oracle offers Universal Credits, which can be used for IaaS and PaaS services across all regions. You aren’t restricted to a particular compute type or service, and you don’t need to specify your allocations in advance.

    If your needs change, if your workloads shift, or if new services are offered, you can switch and still use your Universal Credits for a discount.

    You can commit to one or three years; increased commitment levels result in higher discounts. If you use up your Universal Credits before the end of the term, you still enjoy the discounted service rates for the rest of your term.

    OCI also offers reserved capacity, provisioned concurrency, preemptible instances, and more. And you can bring your Oracle licenses from on-premises (PDF).

  • AWS

    AWS offers a commitment-based discount, known as an Enterprise Discount Program (EDP). AWS also offers reserved instances, an EC2 discount savings plan, a compute discount savings plan, a SageMaker discount savings plan, and spot instances.

    Not all discount savings plans are compatible with an EDP, which means you have to estimate your usage over the next year or three years if you want to take advantage of them.

    What if your needs change? If you commit to a savings plan, you’re locked in. Some discount programs are tied to a specific region, requiring you to guess which region will be best. If a new region opens up, your discount program might not be applicable there.

    If you’re bringing your Oracle Database licenses, you get twice as many CPUs on OCI as you do on AWS (PDF).

  • Azure

    Azure offers a commitment-based discount, known as an Enterprise Agreement (EA). Azure also offers reserved instances, a savings plan for compute, Azure Hybrid Benefit, and spot instances.

    The savings plan for compute isn’t listed as compatible with an EA, which means you have to estimate your usage over the next year or three years if you want to take advantage of it.

    What if your needs change? If you commit to the savings plan, you’re locked in. Or, if you choose reserved virtual machines, you’re tied to a specific region, requiring you to guess which region will be best. If a new region opens up, your reserved virtual machine won’t be transferable.

    If you’re bringing your Oracle Database licenses, you get twice as many CPUs on OCI as you do on Azure (PDF).

  • Google Cloud

    Formally, Google Cloud doesn’t advertise an enterprise discount that applies to all services. Google does state in their financial filings that they do offer discounts to customers, but they don’t disclose if these discounts are part of a program or custom discounts offered per customer.

    Google Cloud also offers an automatic discount (sustained use discount) and two forms of a commitment-based discount (committed use discounts). These discounts can’t be combined with each other and may or may not be able to be combined with an enterprise agreement. You have to estimate your usage over the next year or three years if you want to take advantage of committed use discounts.

    What if your needs change? If you commit to the committed use discount, you’re locked in. For some services, the committed use discount is tied to a specific region, requiring you to guess which region will be best. If a new region opens up, your discount might not be applicable there.

    Note: Google Cloud is not an Oracle authorized cloud environment, and Oracle products are not certified for use on Google Cloud.

Distributed cloud: Put the cloud where you need it

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s distributed cloud offers customers the flexibility to deploy their workloads wherever they like—even across multiple clouds—with the benefits of cloud innovation and greater control over data residency, locality, and authority. Customers use OCI’s distributed cloud to satisfy their business, regulatory, and performance requirements, which are often not met by other public cloud providers.

OCI pricing is consistent across all regions

Other cloud providers charge higher prices in different regions for the same services.

AWS

59% higher

in the AWS São Paulo region than in the US East region for the same AWS m6a.xlarge instance type

Azure

60% higher

in the Azure São Paulo region than in the East US region for the same Azure D4as v5 virtual machine type

Google Cloud

59% higher

in the Google Cloud São Paulo region than in us-east1 for the same Google Cloud n2d-standard-4 VM

On-demand prices are as of June 16, 2023.

Percentage price increase over a US region for the same VM type

OCI is unique among the cloud providers in that it provides the same services at the same prices in all regions. This provides you with the confidence to add or move workloads as needed without encountering unexpected expenses.

The other cloud providers can charge significantly more for the same service. The graph shows how the price of the same virtual machine can vary dramatically from the price in the provider’s US eastern regions. For example, both AWS and Azure charge almost 60% more for the same virtual machine in the Brazil region.

Percentage increase over U.S. region: For the same VM type chart, description below
Percentage increase over U.S. region: For the same VM type
Virtual machine type Brazil UK Germany Singapore Japan Australia
AWS m6a.xlarge 59% 16% 20% 25% 29% 25%
Azure D4as v5 60% 16% 21% 26% 30% 26%
Google Cloud n2d-standard-4 41% 14% 14% 10% 14% 26%

Government cloud: The same price as commercial

OCI Government Cloud—for IaaS and PaaS—is priced the same as our commercial public cloud and meets U.S. Defense Department (Impact Levels 2 and 4) and FedRAMP High authorization standards. Oracle also operates a sovereign, dual-region service in the UK for UK government and defense customers.

Commercial customers who need to meet government accreditation requirements should consider using OCI Government Cloud, which can enable them to achieve their compliance goals.

Service OCI SKU OCI hourly cost AWS SKU AWS hourly cost Azure SKU Azure hourly cost
Virtual machine, 4 vCPU, 16 GB VM.Standard.E4.Flex $0.07 m6a.xlarge $0.17 D4as v5 $0.17
Storage optimized virtual machine, 16 vCPU, 120 GB VM.DenseIO.E4.Flex $0.81 i3.4xlarge $1.25 L16s $1.37
Bare metal 128 vCPU, 1024 GB BM.Standard3.64 $4.10 m6i.metal $6.14
Kubernetes, 100 vCPU, 750 GB VM.Standard.E4.Flex $2.38 r5a.xlarge $5.75 E4as v5 $5.75
Block storage, 1 TB, 1 volume, 15K IOPS, 125 MB/sec Block storage (balanced) $0.72 EBS (gp3) $2.33 Premium SSD v2 $2.39
Data egress, 50 TB First 10,000 GB free $0.47 First 100 GB free $5.88 First 100 GB free $4.65
Private line, 1 Gb/sec, 100 TB FastConnect circuit fee $0.21 Direct Connect $3.07 Express Route $4.02
MySQL, 4 vCPU MySQL DB standard $0.47 db.m5.4xlarge $1.45 General purpose Gen 5, 8 vCore, 40 GB $1.76

All prices assume 730 hours per month and constant usage throughout the month. Prices rounded to the nearest cent.

  1. Prices effective on June 16, 2023, on OCI.
  2. Prices effective on June 16, 2023, in the AWS GovCloud East region.
  3. Prices effective on June 16, 2023, in the Azure US Gov Virginia region.

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1 Paying down the technology support bill is subject to regional tax regulations. Taxes can’t be paid with Support Rewards. Only the pretax invoice amount can be paid with Support Rewards.

2 Cloud Lift Services are available in many regions. Contact your account team for details and availability.

Unless otherwise stated, all prices were current as of June 16, 2023.