Overview of Oracle Roving Edge Infrastructure

Learn about the Roving Edge Infrastructure service and associated devices, including how it works and what it does.

Oracle Roving Edge Infrastructure is a cloud-integrated service that puts fundamental Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services where data is generated and consumed regardless of network connectivity. The key component is the Roving Edge Device (RED) - a portable high-powered server that has been ruggedized to operate in remote and austere environments. You can order single REDs, or 5-15 REDs clustered together by way of a switch for greater capacity and durability.

Roving Edge Infrastructure is the extension of your Oracle Cloud Infrastructure tenancy. You request to have virtual machines and objects from your tenancy loaded onto a RED by creating and configuring a Node or Cluster resource in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

The REDs arrive preconfigured and ready for use. Just power the devices up, configure the network settings, and connect to your local network. With Roving Edge Infrastructure, you can also synchronize object storage data between your REDs and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure tenancy.

Common uses for Roving Edge Infrastructure include:

  • Storage and processing of large volumes of images, video, audio, and internet of things (IoT) sensor data generated in environments where WAN connection is latent or unavailable. You can pre-process, filter, compress, and secure the data locally, then transfer it to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure where it can be further processed in the cloud.

  • Compute and IO intensive applications, where low latency is paramount, such as tactical reconnaissance or 5G communications.

  • Machine learning, where models trained in the cloud are running in disconnected locations to improve efficiency, intelligence and productivity.

  • Remote computing requiring elevated security and airtight containment of data.
  • Low-latency Oracle Database and Analytics workloads, with more Oracle applications optimized over time.
  • Data collection and migration of large sets of object and DBMS data into Oracle Cloud, at faster speeds and lower cost than a WAN transfer.

Key Features

Learn about the key features of Roving Edge Infrastructure.

Key features of Roving Edge Infrastructure include:

  • Each RED is contained in a military grade ruggedized case for remote and austere environments.

  • High-performance computing and storage capabilities that operate with intermittent or no internet connectivity.

  • REDs are highly portable and can be set up and taken down as needed.
  • You can set up 5-15 REDs as a cluster to increase your compute or storage capacity as needed.

  • You can synchronize your object storage datasets with your Oracle Cloud Infrastructure tenancy after the edge node is reconnected to your home OCI region.

  • The RED, either as a single device or clustered together, provides the storage and compute power to run virtual machines where you can perform analytics, machine learning, and location-based services.


Learn about the prerequisites required to set up and use Roving Edge Infrastructure.

This section describes prerequisites for requesting and using the Roving Edge Infrastructure service and its associated Roving Edge Devices.

Knowledge Requirements

Using the Roving Edge Infrastructure service and Roving Edge Devices (REDs) has the following knowledge requirements:

  • Experience and understanding of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services and features. Be comfortable creating and managing service resources such as compute instances, object storage buckets, and Identity and Access Management (IAM) tasks before ordering REDs.

  • Expertise in hardware device integration, including cabling and switching. If you are integrating a cluster of REDs, you need a Layer 2 switch and an administrator who understands how to set up a Layer 2 network for the cluster.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Requirements

Before you can order and set up REDs within your environment, you must perform the following prerequisite tasks:

  • Establish an existing Oracle Cloud Infrastructure tenancy.

  • Determine what Oracle Cloud Infrastructure-based workloads (buckets and instances) you want to be installed on the REDs.

  • Determine whether you need a single RED or a cluster of 5-15 devices to meet your needs.

Differences from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Learn about how using Roving Edge Infrastructure, including the on-device services, differs from their Oracle Cloud Infrastructure cloud equivalent.

Roving Edge Infrastructure differs from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in the following ways:

  • All Roving Edge Infrastructure users have administrator access.

  • These items only have a single default option:

    • Compartment

    • Object storage namespace

    • Availability domain

    • Fault domain

    • Region

    • Tenancy

    • User group

  • These Oracle Cloud Infrastructure features are not supported (and not limited to) on Roving Edge Devices:

    • Tagging

    • Moving resources to a different compartment (only a single default compartment is available)

    • Object versioning

    • Object storage replication

    • Object storage retention rules

    • Copying objects

    • Object storage bucket re-encryption

    • Bulk deletion of object versions

    • Listing object versions

    • iSCSI block volumes (default is paravirtualized)

    • Getting namespace metadata details

Supported Regions

Learn which Oracle Cloud Infrastructure regions support Roving Edge Infrastructure.

The Roving Edge Infrastructure service is supported in the following regions:

  • US East (Ashburn) (RIC)

  • US DoD North (Chicago) (PIA)

  • US DoD West (Phoenix) (TUS)

  • US Gov East (Ashburn) (LFI)

  • US Gov West (Phoenix) (LUK)

Service Limits

Learn about the service limits of Roving Edge Infrastructure.

The Roving Edge Infrastructure service has the following limits:

  • Roving Edge Devices: You can request either a single device (Node resource) or a cluster of 5-15 devices (Cluster resource). You cannot request both nodes and clusters simultaneously.

  • Object size: You can request files up to 5 TB to be provisioned onto a Roving Edge Device. Files larger than 5 TB are skipped in the import process.

  • File name length: You can request files with names of up to 1024 characters for upload into your Object Storage bucket.

Contacting Oracle Support

Learn how to contact Oracle support for any issues related to using Roving Edge Infrastructure.

Oracle provides various methods to assist you in using its products. See Getting Help and Contacting Support.

Viewing a PDF of this Guide

View the complete Roving Edge Infrastructure documentation in PDF form.

Click the following link to display a PDF of the Roving Edge Infrastructure Developer and User Guide that you can save to your local computer.

Roving Edge Infrastructure Developer and User Guide


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