How to Create Storage Containers on the Oracle Cloud

When creating a Database Cloud Service, you have an option to select “cloud storage” as a backup destination. In this case, the database backups will be stored in “storage containers”. As I see, lots of Oracle Cloud users have problem with setting up storage containers as backup destination.

It’s possible to create a storage container before you create the database service or you can create it while provisioning the DB service. Whichever method you chose, you should first set up the Replication Policy.

Go to the home page of “Oracle Storage Cloud Service”, on the up right side, you’ll see the action menu button (). Click on it and set the replication policy. Be careful about choosing the data centers and replication policy, because the replication policy can not be changed once it is set!

Oracle Database Cloud Service: Set up Access Rules

I’ve started to test Oracle Database Cloud Services. I applied for trial, it’s accepted (you can also get a trial account, there’s no special requirement for it). After I got my welcome emails, I created a database service. As expected, it was very easy. All I needed is to click a couple of times, enter mandatory information and then wait until my Database is provisioned.

Oracle creates a VM for each database because they provide SSH access to the server. This gives you more power than standard PaaS but I don’t know what happens if you make some modification on the OS level such as upgrading packages, changing kernel settings etc…

Anyway, after I created a Database Service, I wanted to connect to EM but I see that I couldn’t access the page. First, I though it’s a bug, then I remembered our company firewall rules are very strict and it’s related with our firewall, then I noticed that almost all ports (expect SSH) are blocked.

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Book Review: Oracle Database Cloud Cookbook with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c

13cCoverLatest Last week, I had a chance to read the latest book of my friend Porus Homi Havewala. If you’re interested in Oracle Enterprise Manager, you already knew him or at least read one of his articles/blog posts. He’s a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on Oracle Enterprise Manager Technology, Oracle Certified Master (OCM) and Oracle ACE Director. Porus created one of the world’s first blogs dedicated to Enterprise Manager (http://enterprise-manager.blogspot.com), and he is the author of the books, “Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control (published by Rampart)” and “Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c: Managing Data Centre Chaos (published by PACKT)”.

His latest book also focus about Oracle Enterprise Manager and titled as “Oracle Database Cloud Cookbook with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c“. It’s a cookbook so the readers will get fast recipes to build your Hybrid Database Cloud using EM13c.

The book has 382 pages and there are 8 chapters:

1) Consolidation Planning for the Cloud: This chapter focuses on two tools offered by the Enterprise Manager: The Host Consolidation Planner and the Database Consolidation Workbench. In this chapter, you’ll see sample usage of both tools.