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Using Oracle® Compute Cloud Service - Dedicated Compute Capacity - SPARC Model 300

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Updated: April 2018
 
 

Learn About Instance Configurations

Each Oracle SPARC Model 300 Service includes 10 instances, or Oracle VM Server for SPARC logical domains (LDoms). Oracle creates these instances for you during the provisioning cycle with a specific operating system and set CPU, memory, and network resources.

Each instance is defined by its operating system and root domain configuration. Oracle provisions each instance to contain:

  • Oracle Solaris 11.3 with Support Repository Updates applied, which is initially provisioned by Oracle.

    You are responsible for patching and maintaining the operating system of the instance and zones, as well as backups and restorations of zones. Oracle releases a critical patch updates (CPUs) for Oracle Solaris 11 every 3 months in January, April, July and October. Keep all of your instances up to date with each of these CPUs to ensure that you receive the latest security fixes and fixes for other critical issues.

  • 30 cores and 442 GB of memory. This is the only configuration option.

  • Full superuser access to the instance for typical life cycle operations.

Storage

The Oracle SPARC Model 300 Service includes a dedicated ZFS Storage Appliance (ZFSSA) that is preconfigured and maintained by Oracle.

The provided storage consists of two highly available storage heads and associated storage trays that are clustered in an active-active configuration. Each head can be used to provide storage services for maximum performance and capacity. Heads and storage resources will failover in the event of a significant failure, which allows the service to be maintained (at a potentially reduced performance) while Oracle performs required maintenance operations.

Network access to each storage head is provided by a redundant highly available 40 GBps aggregated network connection. Separate network subnets have been provisioned for accessing storage or for carrying out management tasks on each ZFSSA head. A storage administration account is provided on each head to manage and provision storage volumes. For more advanced operations, open a service request (SR) to request action by Oracle support personnel who have full administrative capabilities.

For information about opening an SR, see Step 5: Learn About Opening Service Requests and Cloud Support Help: Service Requests.

Network Settings

By default, all of your instances can talk to other instances within the service over a redundant network. Instances cannot be accessed from public networks or external hosts, by default, but can be configured to route using public IP addresses. To setup network address translation (NAT) routing for public IP addresses, open a service request (SR). For information about opening an SR, see Step 5: Learn About Opening Service Requests and Cloud Support Help: Service Requests.

To enable different network communication settings, see Configuring Networking.

Instance Life Cycle

The life cycle management of your instance is straightforward, with a few limitations. Oracle creates the instance for you. If the instance needs to be rebuilt, this would need to be done by Oracle. To have your instance reinstalled, open a service request (SR). For information about opening an SR, see Step 5: Learn About Opening Service Requests and Cloud Support Help: Service Requests.

You are not able to resize your instance, however, you can reboot your instance, update the operating system, and create zones.