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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.