Creating an Exadata Cloud Machine Instance

When you create an Oracle Exadata Cloud Machine instance, you provision the Exadata Database Machine that hosts your Exadata Cloud Machine database deployments. To create an an Exadata Cloud Machine instance, use the Create New Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Service Instance wizard as described in the following procedure.

Before You Begin

Before you create an Exadata Cloud Machine instance, ensure that you have an active Exadata Cloud Machine subscription in place.

If you do not have a valid subscription in place, then the Create New Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Service Instance wizard will not show the options required to create and provision an Exadata Cloud Machine instance.

Procedure

To create an Exadata Cloud Machine instance:

  1. Open the My Services dashboard.

    For detailed instructions, see Accessing the My Services Dashboard and the Oracle Database Cloud Service Console.

  2. Click Create Instance and then select Exadata from the list of options.

    The Create New Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Service Instance wizard starts and the Instance Details page is displayed.

  3. On the Instance Details page, configure details for your Exadata Cloud Machine instance. Then, click Next.

    Note:

    An asterisk adjacent to a field name indicates that the field is required.
    1. In the Instance Details section, specify the following attributes associated with your Exadata Cloud Machine instance.

      • Name — enter a name for your service instance. This name:

        • Must not exceed 25 characters.

        • Must start with a letter.

        • Must contain only lower case letters and numbers.

        • Must not contain spaces or any other special characters.

        • Must be unique within the identity domain.

      • Data Center — select the data center that will host your Exadata Cloud Machine instance.

      • Plan — select the available plan from the list. A plan is associated with a set of attributes that apply to a service. For Exadata Cloud Machine only one plan is available.

      • Rack Size — select the rack configuration for your service instance:

        • Eighth Rack — configures an environment consisting of 2 compute nodes and 3 Exadata Storage Servers.

        • Quarter Rack — configures an environment consisting of 2 compute nodes and 3 Exadata Storage Servers, but with double the storage capacity and greater CPU capacity compared to an Eighth Rack. See Exadata System Configuration for details.

        • Half Rack — configures an environment consisting of 4 compute nodes and 6 Exadata Storage Servers.

        • Full Rack — configures an environment consisting of 8 compute nodes and 12 Exadata Storage Servers.

        Your subscription may impose limits on the available rack sizes. For example, if you only have non-metered subscriptions, you will only see the rack sizes associated with your available subscriptions.

      • Additional Number of OCPU (Cores) — enter the number of additional CPU cores that you want to enable. (Optional)

        Use this field to specify the number of additional CPU cores to enable for the service instance. This number is in addition to the minimum number of enabled CPU cores for each rack size. The additional CPU cores specified in this setting are allocated evenly amongst the compute nodes associated with the Exadata Cloud Machine instance.

        See Exadata System Configuration for details about the minimum and maximum number of CPU cores that are available on each Exadata rack size.

        Your subscription may also impose limits on the number of CPU cores that you can enable.

      • Exadata System Name — enter a name for your Exadata Database Machine environment. This name is also used as the cluster name for the Oracle Grid Infrastructure installation.

      • Database backups on Exadata Storage — check this option to configure the storage to enable local database backups on Exadata storage. See Exadata Storage Configuration for more information about the configuration alternatives.

    2. In the Administrator Details section, provide information about the administrator of your Exadata Database Machine environment.

      • Email — enter an email address for the Exadata system administrator.

      • User Name — enter a user name for the Exadata system administrator. Alternatively, check the Use email as user name option to copy the Email entry into the User Name field.

      • First Name — enter the first name of the Exadata system administrator.

      • Last Name — enter the last name of the Exadata system administrator.

  4. On the Confirmation page, review the configuration settings. If you are satisfied, click Create Service Instance.

    If you need to change a setting, use the navigation bar or Back button at the top of the wizard to step back through the pages in the wizard. Click Cancel to cancel out of the wizard without creating a new service instance.

    Note:

    Clicking Create Service Instance starts the process to create the service instance. This process is fully automated and takes approximately one to two hours to complete. During this time you cannot access the service instance. The service instance becomes active after the process is completed. After the process is completed, you can create database deployments.