Oracle Cloud Infrastructure enhancements – October 2017 update

Enhancements to the Oracle Cloud Platform are released on a continual basis. This is the October 2017 monthly summary about new and enhanced Infrastructure as a Service functionality.

Oracle Cloud Classic

Block Volume

  • 16TB Block Volume Support:  Attach up to half a petabyte of high-performance block storage to a compute instance by using up to 32 attachments of 16 TB volumes to accommodate storage-hungry workloads. For more information, see 16 TB volumes.



  • Data Guard on Database Service:  Database Cloud Service supports Data Guard, offering simple steps to configure and manage highly available database systems using the Console and Rest APIs. For more information, see Using Oracle Data Guard.
  • Database Service Virtual Machines:  Full featured Oracle Database and 2-node RAC can be deployed on Virtual Machines with 1, 2, 4, 8, and 16 cores. You can scale from 256GB to 40TB with no downtime using remote storage. For more information, see Database Systems on Virtual Machines (VM DB).
  • Database Service Patching:  You can view and apply available patches to your database system and individual database directly from the Console, API, or database CLI. For more information, see Patching a DB System.


  • Developer Tools – Deprecation and Minor Breaking Changes:  All developer tools have been updated to reflect the ‘Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’ brand. See below for detail on deprecated functionality and minor breaking changes.


  • Private IP Address as Route Target:  Private IP addresses can be set as route targets. Implement NAT instances to allow outbound Internet access for instances that do not have direct Internet connectivity. For more information, see Private IP as a route target.
  • Load Balancer Health Status:  The Load Balancing service provides health status indicators that use your health check policies to report on the general health of your load balancers and their components. For more information, see Load balancer health status indicators.

Service Health Dashboard

  • Service Health Dashboard:  The Service Health Dashboard provides visibility into Oracle Cloud Infrastructure service related incidents. To view the dashboard and subscribe to email and SMS notifications, see

PaaS Support

  • DBCS, JCS, MySQL, Event Hub:  Four popular PaaS offerings can be deployed on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, providing access to more compute shapes and sizes, faster performance, and a selection of Availability Domains. To learn more, see PaaS – Cloud Documentation.


  • Compartment Rename:  Compartments within a tenancy can be renamed in the Console. Note that the root compartment cannot be renamed. For instructions on how to update compartment names, see Compartment rename.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic

Storage Software Appliance

  • Storage Software Appliance  Setup NFS clients that point to a file system connected to a container in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage Classic or to a bucket in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage. For more information, see Storage Cloud Software Appliance – Cloud Distribution.

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