Identity is the new perimeter BUT, you still need a firewall!

Identity is the new perimeter. Sounds familiar??? In a traditional on-prem world, all the workload had one thing in common. They were all part of a large private network. You could shield that common attack vector (network) with strong security policies using both WAF (Web Application Firewall) and network firewall. As the workload moved to […]

Deploying Oracle Remote Data Connector in Tomcat for Oracle Analytics Cloud

Introduction This post describes deploying Oracle Remote Data Connector (RDC) for Tomcat in a Compute instance running on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) for use by Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC). RDC is used primarily in cases where data sources are not accessible using a public IP address. It supplements the official RDC documentation found here and here with […]

Deploying Applications on OCI, the SageMath Example – Part 1 docker Image

Applications When applications were called programs if you needed your computer to do something you wrote the code, compiled, linked, loaded and ran the program. If you had an elaborate problem you would write, trade or buy subroutine libraries and construct an application out of routines from libraries. To change the program, modify the code […]

Using the OCI CLI with a federated user from a Docker container (or over ssh)

The OCI team just announced the ability for federated users to use the CLI. The TL;DR description of the feature is that users don’t have to create a key pair and upload it into OCI. Instead you can just run “oci session authenticate” and the CLI will open your browser and push you through a […]

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DBFS vs OCI Storage Services for PaaS DR

Introduction Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) provides highly available and scalable cloud infrastructure and services to enable the Disaster Recovery for the applications to be reliable, secure, and fast. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is hosted in regions and availability domains. A region is a localized geographic area, and an availability domain is one or more data centers […]

3 Steps to kick-start OCI monitoring in CASB

Introduction Oracle CASB Cloud Service is used for security monitoring the cloud footprint of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS components. CASB, when configured to monitor Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), can detect risk, anomalies and potential security violations. In OCI, the target of CASB monitoring is a compartment. Once an OCI compartment is configured in CASB, out-of-box […]

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) REST call walkthrough with curl

  Introduction This post will walkthrough the elements required, and purpose of each, to make a curl request to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) REST services. While there are a variety of tools offered that make this task far easier than manually constructing a curl request, the purpose of this post is to provide an explanation […]

Importing into the Autonomous Data Warehouse using Oracle Data Pump

Introduction This post details the steps required to import into the Autonomous Data Warehouse (ADW) using the Oracle Data Pump Import utility on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). Versions OCI Compute    Oracle-Linux-7.6-2018.11.19-0 Instant Client     18.3.0.0.0 for Linux x86-64 (64-bit) ADW DB            18.0.3.3 SQL Developer 18.3.0.277 Assumptions An Oracle Cloud […]

Connecting Oracle Data Integrator Cloud Service to the Autonomous Data Warehouse

Introduction This post details the steps required to create connections in Oracle Data Integrator Cloud Service (ODICS) on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) to the Autonomous Data Warehouse (ADW). It demonstrates both the Thin and Oracle Call Interface (oci) versions of the Oracle JDBC driver. It is a companion post to Connecting Oracle Data Integrator Studio to the Autonomous Data Warehouse which uses ODI […]

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 […]

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 […]

Creating a VPN Connection for Oracle Analytics Cloud on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure – Classic

Introduction This post details the steps required to create a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection for Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) Data Visualization (DV) using Oracle’s VPN as a Service (VPNaaS). VPNaaS is deployed on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure – Classic (OCI-C). VPN is not available on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) for Autonomous OAC yet. The specific use […]

Disaster Recovery with Oracle Kubernetes Engine

Overview of Scenarios This document describes how applications that are built on Oracle Kubernetes Engine (OKE) can continue operating even if an entire geographic region of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is lost. A basic knowledge of OCI is assumed. Each scenario builds upon the previous ones, describing the incremental design differences that arise in more […]

Hybrid DNS in OCI

It’s a common scenario to have DNS name resolution between FQDNs in OCI and your on-prem… or between multiple OCI VCNs.  How do we make this happen today?  By using a hybrid DNS solution, of course! What is a hybrid DNS solution?  It’s essentially a DNS overlay on top of the built-in OCI VCN DNS.  […]

Achieving DR in the cloud using Oracle Dyn

Recently a colleague of mine (Kumar) and myself were facing a scenario where we needed to provide a solution providing disaster recovery (DR) functionality between two OCI regions.  It is a fairly common requirement to support some sort of disaster recovery (DR) between different geographical locations.  It has been a common practice in traditional enterprise […]

Using 3rd-party security virtual appliances in OCI

OCI offers a very robust and high-performance network firewall that’s integrated into the very core of the Virtual Cloud Network (VCN).  For some customers, this is sufficient, while other customers need more from their cloud security than is provided natively with the OCI VCN.  Some environments need application-level inspection (such as URL filtering, malware inspection, […]

ICS to OIC Migration

Introduction Oracle Integration Cloud (OIC) and Integration Cloud Service (ICS) are iPaaS offerings from Oracle. ICS was released back in 2015 has now been superseded by OIC. Customers on ICS can choose to be on ICS or migrate to OIC to take advantage of new features and services built into OIC. The comparison of ICS […]

Restrict Root Compartment Access with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Policies

The OCI Administrators group grants manage acess to all resources in all compartments including the root compartment.  So, any member of this group is considered a super user.  Is a normal practice to keep Administrators members to a small number of users and create additional groups/policies to restrict access to specific compartments. If there’s a […]

Downloading Autonomous Data Warehouse Credentials

Introduction This post details the steps required to download an Autonomous Data Warehouse (ADW) Client Credentials Zip File. This file is required by all clients connecting to ADW. For additional details on ADW, visit the Autonomous Data Warehouse page. Updates Latest Validation: February 26, 2019 for ADW 18.4.0.0 Published on: June 21, 2018 Versions Used Autonomous Data Warehouse […]

Using SSSD with Kerberos and Active Directory to Terminal into an OCI Linux Machine

Introduction OCI or Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, is Oracle’s latest cloud infrastructure that is replacing the older Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic. One feature it has is built-in Identity Management Governance. For example, you can add and manage users to grant who can access OCI resources among other features, please refer to this link for more information https://cloud.oracle.com/governance. […]