Oracle provides various options to connect your on-premises to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) via a private connection using FastConnect service. CenturyLink is an Oracle partner that has already established connectivity at various Oracle FastConnect locations within the various regions. CenturyLink and Oracle are constantly working to provide more locations where this connectivity is available. Check our public documentation for the up to date list of regions and locations connected.
The purpose of this blog is to guide you through the process of working with Oracle and CenturyLink to deploy FastConnect successfully.
1) What is Oracle FastConnect?
Oracle FastConnect is a network connectivity alternative to using the public internet for connecting your network with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and other Oracle Cloud services. FastConnect provides an easy, elastic, and economical way to create a dedicated and private connection with higher bandwidth options, and a more reliable and consistent networking experience when compared to internet-based connections. For more information see FastConnect or see our documentation.
2) Getting Started
As you work with Oracle and CenturyLink, you need to be familiar with the products from each vendor to order the proper product. In the Oracle side you will order Oracle FastConnect with an Oracle Provider. All the ordering process in the Oracle side is done through the Oracle Console. In the CenturyLink side you will order eLynk Cloud Connect service to Oracle which is a Layer 2 solution. This assumes you are already connected to the CenturyLink network. If you are not you will need to order eLynk (point to point Ethernet Virtual Private Line / EVPL) service to your on-premises location.
Oracle nor CenturyLink do not resell each other’s services. Customers must order each of the services separately and it
s responsible for all the financials associated with each service.
Below are the high-level steps to provision the service:
This private connection using FastConnect allows the customer to connect to its private resources (Virtual Cloud Network (VCN)) using a Private Virtual Circuit or to public resources (Oracle Network Services) using a Public Virtual Circuit. When configuring FastConnect in the Oracle Console you are given the option to select the type of virtual circuit to create over FastConnect. You also need to select the provisioned bandwidth for the virtual circuit. CenturyLink can support 1G, 2G, and 3G, options.
3) Roles and Responsibilities
The following table shows a summary of who is responsible for the different activities required to deploy FastConnect using CenturyLink as the provider.
|SET UP CONNECTIVITY TO ORACLE FASTCONNECT LOCATION|
|Order CenturyLink eLynk Cloud Connect service(s) to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure||X|
|Create FastConnect Virtual Circuit (private or public) via Oracle Console. Once created the console will generate an Oracle Cloud ID (OCID)||X|
|Provide the OCID to CenturyLink upon request||X|
|Create eLynk Cloud Connect circuit per customer order, linking it to the customers OCID for FastConnect||X|
|SET UP BGP PEERING BETWEEN CUSTOMER EDGE AND ORACLE EDGE DEVICE|
|Configure on-premises CPE to peer with Oracle via BGP||X|
|Configure Virtual Cloud Network (VCN) in the Oracle Console to allow subnets to forward traffic to the customer premises network via FastConnect. This includes routing and security lists.||X||
4) How to configure FastConnect with an Oracle Provider
For step by step instructions on how to create an Oracle FastConnect and obtain the required OCID please see FastConnect with an Oracle Provider. Below are the general high-level steps:
Customer performs the following tasks within the Oracle Console
Private Virtual Circuit
Public Virtual Circuit
* Steps 2 and 3 are prerequisites for creating a FastConnect virtual circuit. Subsequent FastConnect can jump down to step 4.
On the Oracle Console, customer is able to see the state of the virtual circuit lifecycle state (provisioning or provisioned), the provider state (Active or Pending Provider), and the BGP state (Up/Down).
5) Ordering CenturyLink eLynk Cloud Connect service
To order CenturyLink eLynk Cloud Connect to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, contact your CenturyLink Account Representative
For example, if customer wants 3G of bandwidth they should order:
6) CenturyLink eLynk Cloud Connect to Oracle Provisioning
Upon network order submission, CenturyLink will provision a Layer 2 eLynk Ethernet Virtual Circuit (EVC) to be terminated to the appropriate FastConnect location (Oracle Region and location) per the order. To perform this work CenturyLink will request the Oracle OCID from the customer to complete provisioning.
Upon completion of the provisioning, CenturyLink will provide the following information documenting what has been configured within the Oracle environment:
Customer is responsible for all required IP addressing, BGP routing, and security configuration on the customer’s layer 3 device at their premise location and within the Oracle Console. The customer is also responsible for any/all NAT configurations required for Oracle public services.
7) Additional Oracle FastConnect Resources