Oracle Cloud Infrastructure enhancements – February 2018 update

Enhancements to the Oracle Cloud Platform are released on a continual basis. This is the February 2018 monthly summary about new and enhanced Infrastructure as a Service functionality.

Oracle Cloud Classic

Block Volume

  • Boot Volumes: When you launch a virtual machine (VM) or bare metal instance based on an Oracle-provided image or custom image, a new boot volume for the instance is created in the same compartment.


  • Image Source Options: The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute service now enables you to launch an instance by specifying the Oracle Cloud identifier (OCID) of an Oracle-provided image as the image source.
  • Emulation Mode Virtual Machines: You can import a range of new and legacy operating systems to run on Compute service VMs that are running in emulation mode.
  • Virtual Network Computing (VNC) Console Connections: VNC console connections enable you to remotely troubleshoot Compute service VM instances.


  • Backup and Restore: The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Database service now supports backing up and restoring a Virtual Machine DB System database by using the Console and REST APIs.
  • 2-node Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) DB Systems: The BM.RACLocalStorage1.72 shape now provides 64 TB of raw storage.
  • Patching: You can now apply the August 2017 patch for your bare metal DB Systems and databases.

Development and Management Tools

  • CLI: The CLI includes the following updates: support for secondary physical network interface cards (NICs) on X7 bare metal instances, Local Peering Gateway operations, creating a database from a backup, Load Balancing service operations, user-managed boot volumes, tagging, bringing your own custom image for emulation mode VMs in the Compute service, dynamic groups and instance principals authentication, allowing disabling of list operations on Object Storage public buckets, and many other features.
  • Java, Python, and Ruby SDKs: The Java, Python, and Ruby SDKs include support for the latest platform features and functionality. Highlights of new or updated APIs are as follows: updating the audit log retention period; the Archive Storage tier in the Object Storage service; cloned block volumes; backup and restore features in the Database service; VCN to VCN peering within a region; tagging; and bringing your own custom image for emulation mode VMs in the Compute service. For a complete list of changes, see the Java SDK GitHub change log, the Python SDK GitHub change log, and the Ruby SDK change log in the Ruby SDK download.
  • HDFS Connector for Object Storage: The HDFS Connector for Object Storage features performance improvements to the rename operation.

Data Transfer

  • Data Transfer Service: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure introduces the Data Transfer service as a solution for migrating large volumes of data to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. You can transfer hundreds of terabytes (TB) of data on commodity hard disk drives (HDDs) and ship these drives to an Oracle transfer site. Oracle operators then upload your data into your Oracle Cloud Infrastructure tenancy.

File Storage

  • File Storage Service: The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure File Storage service is now available. File Storage provides Network File Storage (NFS) file systems that you can connect to from any bare metal, virtual machine, or container instance in your Virtual Cloud Network (VCN).


  • Resource Tagging: You can organize Oracle Cloud Infrastructure resources by applying tags to them.
  • Federation: All new tenancies are federated with Oracle Identity Cloud Service.
  • Dynamic Groups: Dynamic groups introduce instances as a new principal type in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Identity and Access Management (IAM). You can now apply a policy to groups of instances. You no longer need to configure user credentials for the services running on your Compute instances.

Load Balancing


  • Local VCN Peering: You can connect two VCNs in the same region so that their resources can communicate without routing the traffic over the internet.
  • FastConnect Public Peering: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect now offers public peering so that you can route traffic from your data center to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure public IP addresses over a private physical connection instead of the internet.
  • Public IP Addresses: You can now create reserved public IP addresses and move them between your instances in a given region. You can also control whether a given virtual network interface card (VNIC) has an ephemeral public IP address assigned to its primary private IP address.

DNS Zone Management

  • Networking DNS: The Networking DNS service introduced multiple changes to filtering, editing, adding, and paging through DNS records. The Networking DNS service also no longer times out users after 10 minutes of inactivity.
  • DNS Zone Management API: The DNS Zone Management API is now available. For more information, see the documentation for the GetZone operation.

Oracle Applications Unlimited

PaaS Support

  • Data Hub, Big Data, and SOA Cloud: Data Hub, Big Data, and SOA Cloud PaaS offerings can be deployed on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.


  • Service Limits: fYou can now view your tenancy’s service limits in the Console.


Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic


  • AT&T NetBond Private Peering with FastConnect Classic: FastConnect Classic now offers private peering with AT&T NetBond so that you can connect to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic resources from your on-premises private networks. For more information, see Oracle FastConnect Providers.
  • Equinix Cloud Exchange Private Peering with FastConnect Classic: FastConnect Classic now offers private peering with Equinix Cloud Exchange in London, Amsterdam, and Sydney regions so that you can connect to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic resources from your on-premises private networks.
  • Automated Provisioning for FastConnect Classic: Customers in all Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic regions can now use the My Services user interface to provision FastConnect virtual circuits. Also, FastConnect providers can now use the same user interface to complete provisioning tasks and to track the lifecycle of FastConnect virtual circuits.
  • Metered Billing: FastConnect Classic is no longer a subscription-based service. Instead, your usage will now be metered by the port-hour, which enables you to pay as you go and aligns the pricing and billing model with FastConnect for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.


  • South America and US Government Cloud Regions: Customers of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic in South America can now connect through a data center in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Data centers in Ashburn, Virginia, and Chicago, Illinois, now provide United States Government Cloud customers with two new connection points.

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