One question that I get asked a lot is what you can do with a Cloud trial; it’s only 30 days and £350 pounds. The first thing to note is that the Cloud services are heavily discounted in the initial trial and therefore it’s more like you’re getting access to £3500 of Cloud credit. However that doesn’t always satisfy people, so here is an example of what I did with my last Cloud trial (and some screenshots to prove it).
We ran ADW for a month and loaded data into it for an internal project; it was mostly running at 1 OCPU but we turned it up to 4 OCPUs when we wanted to load data into it. Once that was done we scaled it back down to 1 OCPU.
We started working on an OAC demo but quickly moved from the SE product to the EE product. For about 7 days we had OACs SE running and then terminated it for EE.
We had OAC EE running for the majority of the trail, starting at 2 OCPUs but then moving to 4 OCPUs when we wanted to improve the speed of some of the visualisations. It’s also worth noting that it looks like OAC can be suspended to reduce its monthly cost; something I saw one of the OAC PMs screenshotting on twitter.
Oracle released the Oracle Partner Market Place image for Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.3 during this trail, so I wanted to take a look. I’ve historically done a lot of work with OEM and was interested in the image and provisioning process. It worked well and it was easy to use; I only had this running for about a week, after which I just kept it shut down.
I used an Oracle Linux VM for loading data into ADW; moving data around into Object Storage and various other administration tasks. This VM was running for the majority of the month.
I wanted to connect OAC to SQL Server and therefore needed to deploy Windows and SQL Server. This was a straightforward process and allowed our Analytics team to connect OAC to both ADW and SQL Server.
As we were looking at some Analytics capabilities I thought I would also look at connecting PowerBI into ADW. This was the desktop version, but I decided to co-locate it in Oracle Cloud rather than use my laptop. Again, it was simple to provision and get moving. I actually started to look at Tableau but then went with PowerBI hence the name of the VM…😂
As you can see, I’ve done a lot with my Cloud trial and I would recommend you do the same; remember the Cloud trials are FREE and only switch to paid if you OPT IN! I.e. You have to say I WANT to pay, not I DON’T. All the Cloud Services are available within the Cloud trial, so you could also look at Oracle Management Cloud, Cloud Access Security Broker; Data Integration Platform Cloud.
30 days may or may not be long enough to suit your needs and get an idea of the services Oracle offers; if it’s not then DSP can assist you with longer trials (contact us for more information regarding this…). Either way, 30 days should enable you to achieve a lot and any PoC / PoV is normally benefitted by a time boxed activity rather than it dragging on and on…and on…
Anywho here is the trial link below. You never know, you might like it…
And as a side note, how much of my FREE cloud credit did this cost me?
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