Buy an Oracle Cloud Subscription

Use the Oracle Cloud website to estimate your cloud usage and costs for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services and to sign up for an Oracle Cloud account. You can also contact an Oracle Sales representative to order Oracle Cloud services on your behalf.

To purchase a subscription to Oracle Cloud Applications (SaaS), see Order Oracle Cloud Applications.

About Bring Your Own License Subscriptions

If you already have Oracle software licenses for services such as Oracle Database, Oracle Middleware, or Oracle Analytics, you can reuse them when subscribing to Oracle Platform Cloud Services (Oracle PaaS). This is called Bring Your Own License (BYOL).

With BYOL, you can leverage existing software licenses for Oracle PaaS at a lower cost. For example, if you have purchased a perpetual license for Oracle Database Standard Edition earlier, then you can use the same when you buy Database Standard Package with BYOL pricing. This enables you to get a discounted price for your services. Oracle BYOL to PaaS includes Compute and Compute support along with automation.

You continue to get the same license support (that you had for your existing licenses) and contract when you buy Oracle PaaS with BYOL pricing. This flexible licensing allows you to move between your on-premises and cloud services with ease.

How do You Use Your BYOL for Oracle PaaS?

When you have an existing Oracle software license and you want to use it on Oracle Cloud, you can do so in the following ways:

  • Select specific Oracle BYOL options in the Cost Estimator to get your BYOL pricing.

  • Apply your BYOL pricing to individual cloud service instances when creating a new instance of your PaaS service. BYOL is the default licensing option during instance creation for all services that support it. For example, when creating a new instance of Oracle Database Cloud Service using the QuickStarts wizard, BYOL option is automatically applied.

For a list of cloud services that support BYOL, search for BYOL in the Universal Credits Service Descriptions Document.

For more information, see BYOL Overview video and Frequently Asked Questions.

About Universal Credits

Oracle Cloud provides a flexible buying and usage model for Oracle Cloud Services, called Universal Credits.

When you sign up for an Oracle Cloud Account, you have unlimited access to all eligible IaaS and PaaS services. You can sign up for a Pay-As-You-Go subscription to pay in arrears based on your actual usage at the end of your monthly billing cycle.

After you sign up, you can start using any of the IaaS or PaaS services at any time. Not all services are available in all the data regions. You can only use services in the data regions that your subscription is enabled in. However, you can always extend your subscription to other data regions to access services available there. See Extending Your Subscription to Another Data Region.

When new eligible services become available as part of the Universal Credits program, you'll receive an email with the details of the newly added services if they are available in one of your enabled data regions.

For new services added to data regions where your subscription is not enabled, see the Service Availability Matrix.

Upgrade Your Free Oracle Cloud Promotion

You can choose to upgrade your free promotion to a paid account at any time during the promotion period or within 30 days of the promotion expiration.

If you are using the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Console, then you can upgrade your promotion to a paid account from the Account Management page. For more information, see Changing Your Payment Method after Upgrading.

Activate Your Order from Your Welcome Email

If you ordered Oracle Infrastructure as a Service (Oracle IaaS) and Oracle Platform as a Service (Oracle PaaS) cloud services with Universal Credits through Oracle Sales, then you must activate your services before you start using them.

When an Oracle Sales representative orders Oracle Cloud services on your behalf, you’ll receive a welcome email. Anyone who is forwarded the email can do the activation of your services. To activate your services, you must provide your details and set up your account with Oracle, however, the process can differ whether you:

  • Already have an existing cloud account and will activate the associated subscription into it, or
  • You need to create a new cloud account and activate the associated subscription.
    Note

    When you sign up for Oracle Cloud, you get a cloud account and an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure tenancy. Also see Renaming a Cloud Account and Tenancy for more information and background.

After signing up, you'll receive an email that allows you to start the process of adding subscriptions to a cloud account, whether for a new or existing cloud account.

If you already have an existing cloud account
  1. A cloud account administrator must first add themselves to the OCI_Administrators group through the My Services dashboard when activating into an existing account (also see Assign Roles to Users for more information). To add the user as an administrator user from My Services:
    1. In the My Services dashboard, under Account Management, select Users, then Groups.
    2. The OCI_Administrators group is already present. Click the group, then in Users, select Add To Group.
    3. Select the users you need to give administrator privileges to for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure usage, and then click Add.
  2. Open the email you received from Oracle Cloud.
  3. Review the information about adding your subscription in the email.
  4. Click the Add to existing cloud account button at the bottom of the email.
  5. Your web browser opens, where you can next sign in to your cloud account with your user name and password.
  6. The Add Subscription page is displayed, where you can add the new subscription to your tenancy. The page indicates the subscription name, subscription ID, and subscription description (with product SKU). If you want to add a subscription to a different tenancy, sign out and change to the tenancy you want to associate with the subscription.
    Important

    Adding a subscription to a tenancy cannot be undone.
  7. Click Add subscriptions. A confirmation is displayed indicating that the process is nearly complete. You'll next receive a final email that your new services are ready to use. Click the Sign in button to sign in to the Console and get started with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. You'll see a notification in the Console that your subscriptions have been successfully added to your tenancy.
If you need to create a new cloud account
  1. Open the email you received from Oracle Cloud.
  2. Review the information about adding your subscription in the email.
  3. Click the Create new cloud account button at the bottom of the email.
  4. Your web browser opens with the New Cloud Account Information sign up form, which indicates your subscription information, and also provides a brief explanation of Oracle regions and cloud accounts.
  5. Enter your user name (email address) and password to create the new user account, and select a home region.
  6. Click Create Cloud Account. A confirmation is displayed indicating that your cloud account is being created. You'll next receive an email that your cloud account or tenancy is ready, and that your services are ready to use. Click the Sign in button to sign in to the Console and get started with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. You'll see a notification in the Console that your subscriptions have been successfully added to your tenancy.

Verify That Your Services Are Ready

When you sign up for a Free Oracle Promotion or a paid account, your Oracle Cloud account and tenancy are created very soon after sign up (within a couple of minutes), but activation and service provisioning takes some time. After everything is ready, you’ll receive an email with a Sign in button that allows you to sign in directly.

Note

Not all services are activated immediately. For instance, some services can take up to 48 hours to activate.

Sign in to the Console to view your provisioned services. You'll see a notification in the Console about the status of your service provisioning.

You can verify your services by clicking the Dashboard tab on the Console home page. See The Dashboard Tab for more information.