Autonomous JSON Database adopts ECPUs and per-gigabyte Storage, lowering the entry level price point for developers

January 22, 2024 | 3 minute read
Hermann Baer
Senior Director Product Management
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ECPUs are the standard billing metric for Autonomous Database. Introduced in early 2023, an ECPU is based on the number of cores per hour elastically allocated from a pool of compute and storage servers. ECPUs replace the prior OCPU metric. At their introduction, ECPUs provide similar or better price-performance than OCPUs for a given Autonomous Database workload. Over time, ECPUs will continue delivering continuous improvements in price performance.

So what's the big thing here, then?

Well, it's good that we're talking about this. The big thing is that with ECPUs, the entry-level configurations for development and testing are becoming significantly cheaper than with the old OCPU and terabyte-based pricing model. The rough, conservative price-based sizing suggested a 1 OCPU system has roughly the same price as a 4 ECPU system. The entry-level price point is significantly reduced since you can now provision an environment with as little as 2 ECPUs and 20GB of storage.

Here is the minimum configuration for an Autonomous JSON Database using the OCPU model:

minimum AJD with OCPUs

And here's a small, sample development environment that requires roughly 100GB and that should be recoverable for one day

minimum AJD with ECPUs

As you can see, the new ECPU model will reduce the monthly price for this development envrionment from $358.41 to $134.08, an approximately 60% price reduction. And you get everything you're used to and expect from a functional perspective: Oracle's fully managed Cloud Service specialized for developing NoSQL-style applications, including the Oracle Database API for MongoDB.

Needless to say, you will get a different performance from a 2 ECPU development environment than from a 1 OCPU environment if you want to put these environments to the limit, but that's not the purpose of a development environment. In many such environments, you will not experience a measurable impact. If you want to see how much money you can save here, go to the Oracle Cloud Cost Estimator yourself and check out your own personal situation.

Already have Autonomous JSON Database development environments using the OCPU model? No worries, you can upgrade them to adopt the new ECPU model very easily, too. Actually, with the click of one button. Almost literally. See for yourself.

upgrade AJD to ECPU

That's about it folks. If you want to know more about Oracle's ECPU model, please consult the Autonomous Database FAQ or the documentation. Aaah, and the same is true for APEX development, which adopted the ECPU billing model today as well. Almost forgot to mention this ...

Happy developing!




Hermann Baer

Senior Director Product Management

Hermann is a Senior Director of Product Management in the Oracle Database organization. He and his team focus on Oracle's core functionality, such as Oracle Partitioning, the Oracle Optimizer, and analytical SQL. His team also looks after semi-structured data processing, such as the relational SQL/JSON capabilities, Oracle Text, and more recently Autonomous JSON Database and the Oracle Database API for Mongo DB.

Hermann has held several positions at Oracle in Sales Consulting and Consulting, dealing with the database for quite some time

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