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What Oracle's "Always Free" Announcement Means for Startups

Whitney Durmick
Content Strategist, Oracle for Startups

Oracle for Startups offers $500 of free cloud credits and a 70% discount for 2 years. And it’s not just for fun. We dish out the freebies because we want to prove to startups and developers that Oracle Cloud services are worth a look. And as startups explore Oracle’s product stack, they also experience that Oracle is a strategic ally on their path to scale.

So the announcement of the new “Always Free” services at OpenWorld in September might have raised some questions about where our program and offerings fit. After all, getting startups interested in the possibilities of Oracle Cloud was our thing. But the Oracle Cloud “Always Free” services are just an added bonus on top of what Oracle for Startups offers.

Always Free offers services like Autonomous Database for free for an unlimited time, which is pretty incredible in a tech world dominated by time-limited free trials. Beyond just free database, Always Free also includes two Compute VMs, 100GB block volume, 10GB object storage, 10GB archive storage, and a 10Mbps load balancer.

Always Free is a great resource for anyone who wants to dabble, build, and test in Oracle Cloud before scaling. The scaling part is where Oracle for Startups comes in.

First, startups who join Oracle for Startups receive $500 of free cloud credits (the regular Free Trial offers $300) at a 70% discount, with opportunities to apply for more as you burn. Going forward, these startups will also get Always Free services. Most importantly, Oracle for Startups is about more than cloud technology. Startups who engage with this program get exposed to opportunities to build their business as well as their technology.

For instance, Oracle for Startups routinely puts exciting new companies onstage at global events or features them on digital channels for a worldwide audience. We connect founders and CTOs with product leaders, experienced mentors and press. And startups who participate in Oracle for Startups have been introduced to enterprise prospects within Oracle’s base of 430,000 customers. While the Free Tier is a great offer, Oracle for Startups is a true business-building partnership.   

So come for the cloud, stay for the scale provided by a global, dedicated team.

To claim your free cloud credits and start exploring Oracle Cloud, join Oracle for Startups today.

Startups can take advantage of both the Free Tier and Oracle for Startups

  •  If you are already a member of our Oracle for Startups program, the Always Free services are now available within your service console.  
  •  If you signed up for the Free Trial or Free Tier before joining Oracle for Startups, you would need to sign up for the startup program using a different email and cloud account name than you used previously.
  •   Please note that these environments would be entirely separate and would require to startups to merge the contents. Head to the Startup Portal to request migration support if this is you.

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