#DaysOfArm (11 of X)

This is my 11th #DaysOfArm article that tracks some of the experiences that I’ve had so far. And just to recap from the first post (here) on June 12 2021.

It’s been just over 2 weeks since the launch of Ampere Arm deployed in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). Check this article out to learn more (here). And it’s been about one week since I started looking into the new architecture and deployment, since I started provisioning the VM.Standard.A1.Flex Compute Shape on OCI and since I started migrating a specific application that has many different variations to it to test it all out.

This is my next learning which I focuses on Arm’s availability in our cloud.

I recently was asked this question about our Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Arm offering:

What are some of the differences deploying solutions with OCI Arm?

There is plenty of information about “Why use Arm Processors?” (here). But I would also highlight a couple of additional points.

Point 1. – Data Centre Regions

Arm-based shapes are part of our standard compute offering across all of the Oracle Cloud Data Centre Regions – check the regions (here). This means that you can take advantage of this technology wherever you are in the world – no special considerations of how your tenancy is configured and no need to have cross-region design to access this compute.

Point 2. – Flex Shape

The ability to provision whatever shape that you want gives you that … well … flexibility. For example, on the Always Free Tier then you can provision up to 4 OCPUs and 24 GB memory for free “always” which means that I could have 4 instances of 1 OCPU and 6 GB memory which allows me to test and play with Kubernetes clusters or 1 instance of 4 OCPUs and 24 GB memory for a single Minecraft server.

If you want to try this out yourself or work on your own application, sign-up (here) for the free Oracle Cloud Trial. I’d be interested to hear your experiences and learn from others as well. Leave a comment or contact me at jason.lowe@oracle.com if you want to collaborate.

There’s plenty of work to make this more achievable for everyone. And hence sharing this knowledge is the reason why I’m writing this series – #XDaysOfArm. I’ll keep documenting as long as I keep learning.


Author: Jason Lowe

I am passionate about how organisations adopt IT quickly and sustainably to achieve a specific and measurable outcome. This thinking is supported through lean IT practices in operational support and project delivery, and adopting these practices with Oracle technologies by creating sustainable platforms. I'm also interested different perspectives and drivers - from enterprise to start-ups, academia to commercial to public sector, cost-sensitive (risk) to value-driven (reward) - all of which influences decisions that organisations make. I have a passion for community and have been called "a connector" - meeting new people that are trying to solve valuable and hard problems and connecting them with others that can validate and help realise their full potential. I've supported different organisations like TADHack and Hacking Health as a global organiser. I'm is a persistent blogger on medium.com and redthunder.blog and on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/lowe-jason #CommunityMatters #ItTakesAVillage

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