About Oracle Cloud Accounts

Most Oracle Cloud services are designed to run in an Oracle Cloud account with Oracle Identity Cloud Service. This means that the service uses Oracle Identity Cloud Service to manage users and control access to cloud services.

However, some Oracle Cloud services still rely on Oracle Identity and Access Management or their own identity management systems for the same purposes.

You can see a list of the Oracle Cloud accounts that have their own identity management system by clicking Account Management on the My Services dashboard and then My Admin Accounts.

You can also use the My Admin Accounts page to switch between these accounts.

About Cloud Accounts with Identity Cloud Service

When you sign up for a new Oracle Cloud Account with Universal Credits, you get a Cloud Account with Identity Cloud Service. Oracle Identity Cloud Service is a cloud-based Identity and access Management System, designed to support the latest Oracle Cloud offerings. It provides a wide range of user management and security features, designed for the cloud.

A version of Oracle Identity Cloud Service comes with every Cloud Account. It allows you to create and manage users and control access to your Oracle Cloud Account. You can also use this version of Oracle Identity Cloud Service to create groups, and implement a wide variety of security features to protect your Oracle Cloud resources.

However, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) has its own identity management system for managing users and roles. You can use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Identity and Access Management (IAM) to create and manage users who can access OCI services, but when used in the context of an Oracle Cloud Account, the OCI IAM software can be federated with Oracle Identity Cloud Service. Federating OCI with Oracle Identity Cloud Service allows you to have a seamless connection between services, without having to create a separate username and password for each one.

About Traditional Cloud Accounts

Traditional Cloud Accounts do not use the Oracle Identity Cloud Service to manage users and roles. Instead, they use traditional Identity and Access Management software. This means that Traditional Cloud Accounts have sign-in credentials and procedures for creating and managing users that are different from Oracle Cloud Accounts with Identity Cloud Service.

There are three scenarios where you might be using a Traditional Cloud Account:

  • If you sign up for a free credit promotion or a paid Oracle Cloud Account, you get a Traditional Cloud Account automatically. This is because some of the services in your account do not yet support Oracle Identity Cloud Service. To view those services, you can select your traditional cloud account from the Identity Domain drop-down menu in the My Services dashboard.

    To create services and manage users for those services, you must also sign in to the account using the Traditional Cloud Account URL, which is available in the email you received when your services were provisioned and on the My Admin Accounts tab of the Account Management page in the My Services Dashboard.

  • If you ordered your Oracle Cloud subscription before Universal Credits subscriptions were available, it’s likely you are using a Traditional Cloud Account. For example, if you have a classic metered or non-metered subscription, the credentials you use and users you created in the account are managed by traditional Identity and Access Management software.

  • If you are using any of the Oracle Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings, you are also likely to be using a Traditional Cloud Account. Most of the Oracle Applications available on Oracle Cloud use traditional Identity and Access Management software.