Overview of the Health Checks Service

The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Health Checks service provides users with high frequency external monitoring to determine the availability and performance of any publicly facing service, including hosted websites, API endpoints, or externally facing load balancers. By using Health Checks, users can ensure that they are immediately aware of any availability issue affecting their customers.

Key Components

Review key components used in creating a health check.

Monitors allow you to continuously monitor the health of public-facing endpoints. You can configure monitors to use either HTTP and ping protocols. Monitors are classified as either Basic or Premium, based on the configured test interval. A monitor is considered Premium if the test interval is set to 10 seconds, and considered Basic if the test interval is greater than 10 seconds. Behavioral differences do not exist between a Basic and Premium monitor, other than the frequency that the monitor is run.
on-demand probes
On-demand probes allow you to run a one-time probe to assess the health of a public-facing endpoint. You can configure on-demand probes to use either or both HTTP and ping protocols. This feature is only available through the REST API. A limit exists on how many on-demand probes can be run in a 24-hour period. On-demand credits are consumed as the probes are run, and replenished gradually over time.
vantage points
Vantage points are geographic locations from which monitors and probes can be run to your specified target. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure maintains dozens of vantage points around the world.
The Health Checks service allows you to configure both HTTP and ping type monitors. Each type has respective protocols.

Ways to Access

Access Health Checks using the Console, SDK, CLI, or API.

You can access Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) by using the Console (a browser-based interface), REST API, or OCI CLI. Instructions for using the Console, API, and CLI are included in topics throughout this documentation. For a list of available SDKs, see Software Development Kits and Command Line Interface.

To access the Console, you must use a supported browser. To go to the Console sign-in page, open the navigation menu at the top of this page and click Infrastructure Console. You are prompted to enter your cloud tenant, your user name, and your password.

Authentication and Authorization

Each service in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure integrates with IAM for authentication and authorization, for all interfaces (the Console, SDK or CLI, and REST API).

An administrator in your organization needs to set up groups , compartments , and policies  that control which users can access which services, which resources, and the type of access. For example, the policies control who can create new users, create and manage the cloud network, launch instances, create buckets, download objects, and so on. For more information, see Getting Started with Policies. For specific details about writing policies for each of the different services, see Policy Reference.

If you’re a regular user (not an administrator) who needs to use the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure resources that your company owns, contact your administrator to set up a user ID for you. The administrator can confirm which compartment or compartments you should be using.


For information about how to secure Health Checks, including security information and recommendations, see Securing Health Checks.