Chapter 4 Network Requirements

This chapter describes the network requirements for Oracle Private Cloud at Customer.

The Oracle Private Cloud at Customer offering is based on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, which exists in two versions with significantly different physical network architecture: Ethernet and InfiniBand, respectively. The two architectures are built for the same purpose: to provide the best possible infrastructure for a broad range of virtualized workloads in a private cloud environment. Software Defined Networking is used in both cases to dynamically provision connectivity between physical and virtual components.

To avoid confusion, this chapter describes the two network architectures separately: the first section applies to systems with Ethernet fabric; the second section to systems with InfiniBand fabric. From a usage perspective, both architectures are very similar, but the underlying technical solutions are different. Please consult the parts that apply to your environment.