Overview of the Always Free Autonomous Database
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure's Always Free Autonomous Database is part of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure's Free Tier of services. You can provision up to two Always Free Autonomous Databases in the home region of your tenancy. These databases are provided free of charge, and they are available to users of both free and paid accounts. You can use these Autonomous Databases for small-scale applications, for development or testing purposes, or for learning about and exploring Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
Always Free Autonomous Database Specifications
Always Free Autonomous Databases can be upgraded to regular paid instances after provisioning in order to access all Autonomous Database features.
For free accounts, you will need to upgrade your account before upgrading an Always Free Autonomous Database to a paid instance.
Lifecycle for Always Free Autonomous Databases
After provisioning, you can continue using your Always Free Autonomous Database for as long as you want at no charge. You can terminate the database at any time.
Lifecycle Management for Inactive Always Free Autonomous Databases
If your Always Free Autonomous Database has no activity for a period of 7 consecutive days, the Database service will stop the database automatically. If this happens, you are allowed to restart the database and continue using it. If your Always Free Autonomous Database remains in a stopped state for 3 consecutive months, the database will be reclaimed (automatically terminated) by the Database service.
Using Events and Notifications to Stay Informed About Inactive Always Free Autonomous Databases
You can use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure's Events service to send structured JSON messages about your Always Free Autonomous Database lifecycle events to applications used for automation. For example, you can create automatic email, Slack, PagerDuty, or HTTPS notifications (using the Notifications service) to be alerted if a database is going to be stopped or terminated in the next 48 hours. You can also set up notifications to be alerted when a database is automatically stopped or and terminated.
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