Oracle To Donate $3 Million Arm Based Cloud Credits For CNCF Projects

November 8, 2023 | 3 minute read
Kailas Jawadekar
Director of Product Marketing
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KubeCon+CloudNativeCon 2023 is in Chicago from November 6-9, 2023. Every year at KubeCon, industry's top developers, users and vendors gather together to collaborate, network and learn what's new in the cloud native community. Oracle, Arm, and Ampere are excited to be at KubeCon 2023, and we have a lot of exciting updates to share with you.

As you may know, Oracle was one of the first cloud services providers to globally deploy Arm-based compute using Ampere Altra processors. Ampere Altra's innovative architecture delivers high performance, linear scalability, and amazing energy efficiency. Ampere Altra allows workloads to run predictably with minimal variance under increasing loads. This predictability enables industry-leading price-performance and a smaller footprint for a diverse and broad set of workloads such as web servers, open-source databases, in-memory applications, big data analytics, gaming, media, and more.

Since the launch, we have seen amazing adoption for Arm-based compute from customers such as Red Bull Racing, 8x8, Wallaroo, Phenix, Plesk, Matoha, and many more who migrated their workloads over to Arm and experienced significant price-performance advantages.

We recently announced Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Compute's latest Arm-based cloud offering, OCI Compute A2 shapes powered by AmpereOne(TM) Cloud Native Processors which are planned to be available soon! New architectural advances are expected to maximize application price-performance by up to 44%* compared to current generation x86 offerings.

Arm as a first-class citizen at OCI

We at Oracle believe Arm-based cloud compute is the future and we are committed to Arm in a big way.

OCI has made a conscious decision to migrate a large number of our internal workloads to Arm. This has enabled Oracle to realize significant performance benefits and energy savings. Some of the Oracle service offerings such as Oracle Database, Container instances, and Functions are already available on Arm, and customers can now take advantage of the better price-performance offered by Arm.

Oracle's commitment to the open source community

Oracle has a strong history of contributing to the open source community. We are the number one contributor to the Linux Kernel, responsible for over 70% of fixes and updates to OpenJDK. We also contribute significantly to OpenSSL, MySQL, Graal, and many more. You can learn more about Oracle's contribution to the open source community at Open Source Projects at Oracle.

We understand that increasing the adoption of Arm will depend on having a rich and diverse ecosystem of software that is enabled on Arm. To help expand the Arm ecosystem, we make it easy for our customers and partners to develop on Arm by making access to Arm-based compute infrastructure very easy with generous access programs such as:

  • Free Tier Program: Gives prospective customers easy access to prototype, test, and try for 30 days, before they buy.
  • Always Free Tier: Arm-based shapes up to 4 Cores and 24GB of memory are always free!
  • Arm Accelerator Program: Apply for credits that are good for up to a year to dive deep into the Arm-based infrastructure.

But we are not stopping there. Oracle will contribute $3 million in Arm-based credits on Ampere hardware per year for 3 years to support CNCF projects on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Learn more about this announcement here.


For cloud application developers, choosing Arm-based Ampere compute on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure means better price-performance, while reducing your carbon footprint. Oracle makes it easy for the open source community to develop on Arm based compute with its generous free tier and the Arm Accelerator program. Taking it further, Oracle is donating $3 million of Arm-based cloud credits per year! If you are going to be at KubeCon 2023, visit us at booth #B3 and we would love to meet with you and share more information! 


* When measured for Synthetic workloads such as SpecInt

Kailas Jawadekar

Director of Product Marketing

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