I was using a trial of an Oracle Cloud service to demonstrate the capability for a customer. He just called me to say that the sample I built for him was gone. Indeed it was, because it was 30 days since I requested the trial.
It turns out you don't get any warning when your time is up, only an email saying "The following service has expired". And not just expired as in "can be reactivated". I contacted support and they explained that my trial had been completely wiped and purged from the cloud.
Real cloud vendors offer an expiry warning and a possibility to extend. Oracle doesn't. That's why my customer won't be going to the Oracle cloud.
few weeks ago, I have subscribed to use the trial of an Oracle Cloud service. I got message that my request is pending for approval .. after a week or so, I got a call from someone at Oracle Spain, asking me the reasons to use the trial version, I simply said: this is to test , there is not concrete project .. he replied " we cannot approve your request because we need a concrete project" ... at the end, the cloud still there I cannot test it and , as a an oracle exclusive private cloud :)
Amazing. Which Cloud service did you ask for? Oracle still has a lot of learning to do before they become a real cloud vendor.
Sten, although I am no longer with Oracle, I have mentioned your comment to one of the VPs of the Oracle Cloud in the USA, and they will take it into consideration. Practical suggestions like this are welcome, perhaps as an "enhancement request". Thanks.