The core Oracle Public Cloud Services including Java Cloud
Service, Database Cloud Service, and Storage Cloud Service offerings are
available in two ways: Metered and Non-metered. In this post, I will
attempt to explain the Metered and Non-metered cloud services using Java
Cloud Service as an example.
Q1. What is a Metered Service?
Services are a Pre-paid offering, also referred to as "a-la-carte" or
"committed" offerings. A Metered cloud service like Java Cloud Service
(JCS) or Database Cloud Service (DBCS) is where you are charged based on
the actual usage of the service resources on an hourly or monthly
basis. A Metered service allows the customer to select resource
configurations for a service and virtually any volume or capacity to
meet their requirements. For instance, you can select the number of
Oracle Compute Processor Units (OCPUs) or the amount of memory.
Customers can change their service capacity as needed and that will
increase/decrease their bill. Metered services are recommended for
customers who are able to predict their required usage.
Q2. What is a Non-metered Service?
Services are a subscription based offering, also referred to as
"standard subscription" or "un-committed" offerings. A Non-metered
service is essentially a monthly or annual subscription for a fixed
service configuration which you typically cannot change. If a service is
Non-metered it means that we sell it in well-known sizes or fixed
configurations, let's say small, medium and large, and Oracle does not
measure whether the entire capacity is used or not. A Non-metered
subscription has a fixed monthly charge. While you can stop a service
instance to take the service offline for a few hours or days within a
month, charging does not stop, and your service will be charged for the
entire month. Non-metered services are recommended for customers who are
unsure what their exact usage will be, and would rather keep a
generally consistent subscription fee.
Q3. Is Oracle Java Cloud Service (JCS) available as both Metered and Non-metered service?
JCS is available both as a Metered service and Non-metered Service.
When purchasing, you can choose to get a Metered or Non-metered service
of the Java Cloud Service.
Q4. What is the difference between Metered JCS and Non-metered JCS?
core technical features of JCS are the same in either type of service.
There are no differences in service capabilities. It is just the billing
model that is different.
Q5. Should I choose JCS Metered or Non-metered service for my deployment?
really depends on your usage characteristics and requirements. With
Metered service, you roughly estimate what kind of services you want
(service type, edition type, compute performance type, size of the
environment). After you do so, you total up the cost of each of these
environments, categorize them under Oracle IaaS, JCS, and DBCS credit
buckets. And now you know how many credits you need in each of these
buckets. The Metered service purchase result in 3 credit buckets. You
really buy these 3 SKUs - Oracle Database Public Cloud Services, Oracle
Java Public Cloud Services, and Oracle IaaS Public Cloud Services.
most important aspect of the Metered model is that you are not bound to
use your credit in exactly the environments you estimated. You can
utilize your credit however you want within that bucket. So, for
example, if you decide you need JCS Enterprise Edition instead of JCS
Standard Edition, you don't have to call Oracle. All you need to do is
just provision the JCS Edition that you need and your usage will
appropriately be metered and billed.
With Non-metered services, we
have taken each combination of service type (JCS vs DBCS), tooling type
(VI vs Full tooling), edition type (SE vs EE, etc), compute performance
type (General Purpose vs High Performance) and created a separate SKU.
One unit of a service in the Non-metered list includes a specific OCPU
number and memory (compute shape). You have to buy enough units of
either High Memory or General Purpose for a service type.
Let’s say your customer wants this combination - "Oracle Java Cloud
Service - Standard Edition - Virtual Image - General Purpose -
Non-metered". And say the total number of OCPUs needed for this
combination is 4. You are effectively purchasing this exact fixed
configuration combination that you picked. When you start using our
provisioning tooling (UI, API) to provision the service, you will be
restricted to only provision this fixed configuration and the quantity
you purchased. You cannot just utilize what you bought for some other
combination, unlike Metered services.
If your customer has
predictable workloads or seasonable workloads and requires more
flexibility then you should sell them Metered cloud services.
Non-metered services are recommended for customers who are unsure what
their exact usage will be, and would rather keep a generally consistent
subscription fee. The Non-metered equivalents are tailored towards fixed
configurations and hence have a lower price.
Q6. Does JCS Non-metered service require Non-metered DBCS and IaaS as well?
JCS Non-metered has a DBCS Non-metered as a pre-requisite service. So
it does require DB Non-metered service and associated IaaS (storage)
services. And for every DBCS Non-metered service, DB Backup, Block
Storage and Object Storage are pre-requisites which means all four are
required for JCS Non-metered. Block and Object Storage are available as
Non-metered SKUs for this case.
Q7. Can Non-metered services like JCS be scaled up or down?
unit of a service in the Non-metered list includes a specific OCPU
number and memory (compute shape). You can scale up or scale out as long
as you have bought enough units to accommodate the new size. If you
don’t have enough units, you can buy more subscriptions or refill the
contract. JCS docs reference
can be found here.
Q8. Where can I find more information?
Refer to the following document for additional information and details:
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For regular information become a member in the WebLogic Partner Community please visit: http://www.oracle.com/partners/goto/wls-emea ( OPN account required). If you need support with your account please contact the Oracle Partner Business Center.
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