A-Team Chronicles

About The A-Team and A-Team Chronicles

The A-Team is a central, outbound, highly technical team comprised of Enterprise Architects, Solution Specialists and Software Engineers within the Oracle Product Development Organization. The team works closely with customers and partners, world wide, providing guidance on architecture, best practices, troubleshooting and how best to use Oracle Cloud Services and products to solve customer business needs. They specialize in using Cloud Solutions across IaaS, PaaS, SaaS as well as On-premise and hybrid deployments.

The A-Team provides this type of support by working with Oracle Consulting, Support and Sales – engaging in the toughest of situations, solving the hardest problems and the greatest of challenges.

The A-Team is lead from Oracle Headquarters in Redwood Shores, CA, but A-Team members are located and positioned globally, so that we are better prepared to respond quickly, and within an appropriate timezone for our Global customers.

“If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team”

 


Authorize access to Oracle Fusion Cloud Application API's by using OAuth tokens

Introduction
Nowadays OAuth is the method of choice to authorize access to Cloud resources for third-party systems. There are several ways how to define trust between systems and getting a valid access token.
This blog talks about the most common ways for Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications (hereinafter referred to in this article as “Fusion Apps”) to do that.
Main Article
There are many different OAuth flows, but all of them get you in the end an OAuth access token.

The OAuth token format isn’t defined in the OAuth 2.0 specification, so the token could theoretically be opaque or any specific format like JWT (JSON Web Token). However, Oracle’s use of OAuth access tokens is the JWT format.

If we look at the decoded access token created ie. by groovy script in Oracle Engagement Cloud …

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Getting Started Using Terraform with OCI

Introduction
Standing up infrastructure requires building networks, servers and storage entailing complex build and configuration management processes. Traditionally done with scripts or even manually, Terraform gives you a new alternative. Using Terraform you can write a declarative description of your infrastructure. Using the Terraform “compiler” the declaration is converted to a build plan and then the Terraform “builder” connects to your OCI tenancy and executes the plan. It is actually a bit more sophisticated than just doing the initial build. The builder connects to your tenancy and synchronizes it with the plan. Anything that already exists is left as-is, anything new is created and anything not in the plan is deleted. This allows you to edit your infrastructure by simply editing…

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Performance of MFT Cloud Service (MFTCS) with File Storage Service (FSS) using a Hybrid Solution Architecture in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)

Executive Overview
MFT Cloud Service clusters in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic (OCI-C) are provisioned with database file storage system (DBFS) for shared storage as discussed in one of our earlier blogs[1]. In Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), customers also have the option of using File Storage Service (FSS) for shared storage. FSS can be used for high throughput use cases where a large number of large files have to be processed within MFTCS. But this alternative of high performance comes at a cost of resiliency. The backup and recovery of the DBFS is automatically achieved by the backup of the database. Although, the backup and recovery recommendations for FSS are well-documented, the implementation has to be managed in a custom layer.

This blog shows the usage of FSS for sha…

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Less is more: improving by reducing REST calls.

One of the challenges when building an application that uses the Content and Experience Cloud Delivery API is improving the performance by reducing the number of API calls that the client application has to make.

 

The normal flow is to search for items, and then iterate over the number of items to get to the content. This can lead to a large number of REST calls being made.

 

The Content and Experience Delivery API has a number of parameters that you can use to limit the number of REST calls you need to make.

 

The parameters are limit, expand, fields and links.

 

Limit is the easiest one to understand. When searching for items this parameter limits the number of items returned. The default value is 100. If your client needs a larger number of i…

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Oracle GoldenGate: Monitoring "Things" That Affect Replication Stability

Introduction
There have been a lot of escalations to A-Team where Oracle GoldenGate outages could have been avoided if System and Database Administrators had been properly monitoring their environments. In this article we’re going to discuss various areas that should be monitored regularly to avoid degradations in performance and unscheduled outages.
The concepts, scripts, and information presented in this article are for educational purposes only. They are not supported by Oracle Development or Support, and come with no guarantee or warrant for functionality in any environment other than the test system used to prepare this article. Before applying any changes presented in this article to your environment, you should thoroughly test to assess functionality and performance implications.

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Loren Penton

Loren Penton is a Principal Solution Architect in the Data Integration A-Team where he supports the Oracle GoldenGate product line and its integration to Kafka, Hadoop, JMS, and all sorts of databases - starting with Oracle obviously. Loren has 20 years’ experience in the design and testing of Oracle GoldenGate solutions and over 30 years’ experience designing solutions for the banking, aerospace, and healthcare industries.

Mani Krishnan

Mani Krishnan is a Cloud Solutions Architect in the 'A-Team', where he's mainly focused on integration of SaaS applications and cloud-based application integration tools. Mani has over 20 years integrating enterprise applications in various capacities at large enterprises. He is currently based in Pleasanton, California. His skill set includes standards-based application integration, integration platform as a service (iPaaS), SaaS extensions and digital transformation using both with Oracle and other industry leading tools. Mani joined Oracle in 2016 and has since worked successfully with clients around the world.