Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI): An Overview

Introduction to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Cloud computing has taken the world by storm. Post Covid-19 crisis cloud spending is projected to go up to 14.2% of the total global enterprise IT spending market in 2024, which was 9.1% in 2020. More and more organizations are adapting or moving their IT operations onto cloud in order to save costs, bring in more efficient use of resources, eliminate redundant manual tasks , centralized management of security and compliance to regulations world over and so on. 

In this article we will learn more about Oracle cloud, how it operates, its advantages and disadvantages, and why to choose Oracle cloud for your IT environment ?

History of Oracle Cloud 

In October 2016 Oracle Cloud infrastructure was made publicly available under the name “Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services. Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services was rebranded as Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in 2018 and called Oracle’s “Generation 2 Cloud” at Oracle OpenWorld 2018.

What is Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) ?

The cloud computing services offered by Oracle Corporation is known as Oracle cloud. It provides storage services, servers, networks etc. Each cloud is deployed in a region wherein each region has three availability domains which are fault tolerant and independent in nature. There are independent data canters inside each of these availability domains that are isolated at network level as well as from power management perspective.

The platform provided by Oracle is compatible with a large number of open-source applications such as Hadoop, Kubernetes etc and open standards like HTML5, SQL. Oracle cloud can be deployed in three models – private cloud, public cloud and hybrid cloud. Oracle Cloud delivers Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Data as a Service (DaaS).

Features of Oracle Cloud

  • Baseline 99.999% Availability of Power/cooling
  • 24*7 active monitoring and support
  • Best in class peering – Carrier neutral
  • 7*24 operations with Global Network operations center (NOC)
  • Zero touch provisioning of patches, upgrades 
  • 100% Oracle employees 

Oracle Cloud Prerequisites and ID Creation

  • Requires to have an Oracle ID
  • Knowledge of using a web dashboard

To create Oracle free trial account, follow below steps :

Step 1: Go to the Oracle Cloud Home Page Click here
On the top right corner View Account > Sign Up for Free Tier

Step 2: You will be directed to page below, click on Start for Free

Step 3- You will then be redirected to the page

Fill out all the mandatory information like Cloud account name, Country and Email Address, and verify your email address. Post verification a link will be sent to your email id for verification.

Step 4:  Open the link sent on your email ID and  then enter other mandatory fields of password cloud account name and home region

Step 6: Enter your Mobile Number and click on Text me code to get a verification code on number 

Enter the Verification Code received on your phone no and click on Verify my code

Step 7 – For Payment Verification click on Add Payment Verification Method 

Click on add Credit Card

Enter address and credit card details

Step 8 – Add credit Card Detail Page, verify details for Credit Card

Step 9- Click submit for a new Oracle Cloud account.

Your cloud account is created and you receive a welcome email with your sign-in credentials for My Services. You can sign in to your account. You’ll receive another email after all the services are provisioned and are ready to use.

What stands out about the Oracle cloud?

  • Only cloud with broadest, standards-based Oracle software
  • Only public cloud integrating documents, analytics, social network, Big data 
  • Only cloud integrating source control, Application server, DBMS, Mobile , SOA , BPM
  • Only cloud offering with Real Application clusters, data guard , Exadata, Exalogic 
  • Seamless integration among PaaS and SaaS applications
  • Transparent movement of loads between environment in customer hand

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