Building a strong, low latency and cost-effective network Oracle FastConnect cloud connection from your datacenter is a common use case we help design with customer regularly. Often, enterprises need a FastConnect 3rd party provider in minutes for a Proof of Concept or a new SaaS tool launched and must be available/reachable to OCI.

Each company has a unique requirement to establish an on-ramp for Oracle FastConnect as they might have an established MPLS network, Internet only, private SDWAN or be near some amazing Dark Fiber options they would like to use. What is the right cloud connection into FastConnect? The easy answer is it depends on the providers, some have easy and more difficult options to make this work.

If you haven’t read our blog on 5 ways to connect into OCI, spend the extra 5 minutes because we share our insights from real world examples. Oracle has quickly ramped up it’s status in cloud, just read what Gartner’s Magic Quadrant had to say about them.

 

3 OCI FastConnect Selection Tips

  1. Document your network topology

It sounds basic and elementary however 40% of the conversations we have with clients who need to route traffic to Oracle FastConnect do not have a layer 2-3 visio design in place.  This does not mean they are unsure of their network, quite the opposite.  Often it’s more in their head or partially completed because the network is a pretty fixed component which does not change.  Document this out, it will help engineers such as Macronet Services quickly assess latency, cost, reachability and critical workload needs within OCI.

 

  1. Understand your application latency

This is critically important to understand how your workloads must meet below the threshold of your application being successful or a complete failure.  Consider remote users, DR/failover to other OCI Availability Domains and SaaS application requirements.

  1. Start the design conversation early

We understand the network is not always fun or glamorous, however it is important.  25% of the deployments we design involve a carrier who might require longer install timelines to complete a FastConnect connection over MPLS, SDWAN or a Private Line.  You do not want to have solid OCI architecture ready for elastic builds only to realize there is now a wait on the network.  Don’t forget, OCI provides free certification to learn about their concepts including FastConnect, take advantage of this!

 

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Oracle FastConnect Networking Concepts

If you have not looked up the FastConnect networking concepts especially how public vs. private peering works with their cloud, it’s highly recommended.  Why?  Some carriers have not established private peering CIDRs correctly or only offer public peering for specific OCI workloads.  This is very important if you have an existing telecom carrier you plan to work with.

 

Taken directly from the Oracle Cloud Documentation page on Peering:

  • Private peering:To extend your existing infrastructure into a virtual cloud network (VCN) in¬†Oracle Cloud Infrastructure¬†(for example, to implement a hybrid cloud, or a lift and shift scenario). Communication across the connection is with IPv4 private addresses (typically RFC 1918).
  • Public peering:To access public services in¬†Oracle Cloud Infrastructure¬†without using the internet. For example,¬†Object Storage, the¬†Oracle Cloud Infrastructure¬†Console and APIs, or public load balancers in your VCN. Communication across the connection is with IPv4 public IP addresses. Without¬†FastConnect, the traffic destined for public IP addresses would be routed over the internet. With¬†FastConnect, that traffic goes over your leased physical connection. For a list of the services available with public peering, see¬†FastConnect¬†Supported Cloud Services. For a list of the regions with address ranges (routes) that Oracle advertises by default for each of the four markets, see¬†FastConnect Public Peering Advertised Routes. You can adjust the routes advertised to your on-premises network using the¬†route filtering¬†settings for your connection

 

Many carrier teams do not fully understand how to establish point to point or point to multipoint options into OCI.  They will put the responsibility on the customer to establish cross-connects or colo NID devices to make their connection work.  This is not always conducive for enterprises as the whole goal of a 100% cloud native or cloud enabled environment is to remove themselves from the datacenter responsibilities.

 

Contact Macronet for an OCI specialist at no cost to assess your environment now before you begin migrating!  Let’s make sure you have the best option and plan established so the bits fly exactly to OCI as you want them to.

 

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