Amazon spins up free Oracle database cloud

Amazon has added a database service to its try-before-you-buy Free Usage Tier, putting pressure on Oracle at a time when the company is striving to get into the cloud and take on Amazon.

Oracle's database has become available to try for free on Amazon's cloud, putting pressure on the database giant to give more information on its own cloud endeavour.

The database, along with SQL Server database and MySQL, is available on a Micro DB Instance on Amazon's Free Usage Tier of its cloud, Jeff Barr, a senior Amazon Web Services evangelist, announced in a blog post on Monday.

"When you combine this new capability with the existing EC2 usage available on the Free Usage Tier, you may be able to build and run a complete multi-tiered web application without spending a penny," Barr wrote.

The announcement comes alongside Oracle's sprawling OpenWorld conference in San Francisco at which the database giant has been talking up its own infrastructure-as-a-service cloud in a bid to take on Amazon . However Oracle is yet to provide any pricing or performance information that would make it possible to compare its offering with Amazon's.

The free option grants Amazon users up to 750 hours per month of use backed by 20GB of database storage, 20GB of backup storage and 10 million I/Os.

However, Oracle users will have to pay for their own software licence.

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