Virtual Machines (VMs)

Run any workload, from small development projects to enterprise-scale applications, securely at scale on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Compute VMs. With our flexible instances, you can optimize VM resources for improved price-performance.

DigiFarm runs cloud native precision agriculture platform on OCI (1:48)

Why choose OCI VMs?

Save up to 72% in costs

Flexible VM shapes let you configure VMs precisely to your application requirements.


Shielded instances, confidential computing, hardware root of trust, and off-box virtualization help reduce malicious attacks and help applications run securely.

Right instance for your workload

With a targeted set of VM shapes—standard, dense I/O, GPU, and optimized—OCI makes it easy to find the right instance for your workload: general purpose applications, enterprise applications, HPC, AI/ML, and more.

OCI announces compute instances based on new fourth-generation AMD EPYC processors.

Reference architectures with VMs

Get started with VMs

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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  • Get started with OCI Core Services

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

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  • Deploy Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes

    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

Explore virtual machines

OCI offers two types of instances: virtual machines and bare metal servers. Explore why VMs are ideal for running applications that don’t require an entire physical machine.

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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Interested in learning more about Oracle Cloud Infrastructure? Let one of our experts help.

  • They can answer questions such as

    • How do I get started with Oracle Cloud?
    • What kinds of workloads can I run on OCI?
    • What types of services does OCI offer?

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.