About Database Cloud Service Database Deployments

When you create a new database deployment on Oracle Database Cloud Service, you use the Provision New Oracle Database Cloud Service wizard, which steps you through the process of making the choices that produce a database deployment tailored to your needs. These choices include:

Service Level

When creating a database deployment on Oracle Database Cloud Service, you choose one of the following service levels:

  • Oracle Database Cloud Service - Virtual Image—a compute environment with pre-installed virtual machine images that include all software needed to create and run an Oracle Database. You connect to the virtual machine and run the Oracle Database Configuration Assistant (DBCA) to create your database. All subsequent maintenance operations, including backup, patching and upgrades, are performed by you.

    Note:

    Oracle Database 12c Release 2 (12.2) is not available at the Oracle Database Cloud Service - Virtual Image service level.

  • Oracle Database Cloud Service—everything in Virtual Image, plus a database created according to specifications you provide in the Provision New Oracle Database Cloud Service wizard, plus cloud tooling that provides automatic and on-demand backups, patching and upgrading, and point-in-time recovery for your Oracle Databases.

Cloud Tooling for Database Cloud Service

In addition to the capabilities of the web-based Oracle Database Cloud Service console, Database Cloud Service offers the following tools on the compute nodes associated with the Oracle Database Cloud Service service level:

  • Simple Automated Backups: use the bkup_api utility (raccli on deployments that use Oracle Real Application Clusters) to perform on-demand backups and to change how automatic backups are configured. See Backing Up and Restoring Databases on Database Cloud Service.

  • Simple Automated Recovery: use the orec subcommand of the dbaascli utility (raccli on deployments that use Oracle Real Application Clusters) to restore from backups. See Backing Up and Restoring Databases on Database Cloud Service.

  • Simple Automated Patching: use the dbpatchm subcommand of the dbaascli utility (raccli on deployments that use Oracle Real Application Clusters) to apply patches. See Patching Database Cloud Service.

  • New DBaaS Monitor: use the Oracle DBaaS Monitor web application to monitor the Oracle database and computing resources. See Accessing Oracle DBaaS Monitor. Oracle DBaaS Monitor is not available on deployments that use Oracle Real Application Clusters.

Metering Frequency

When creating a database deployment on Oracle Database Cloud Service, you choose one of the following metering frequencies:

  • Hourly—Pay only for the number of hours used during your billing period.

    You cannot switch a deployment from hourly to monthly metering frequency after it is created.

  • Monthly—Pay one price for the full month irrespective of the number of hours used.

    For deployments that are started in the middle of a month, the price is pro-rated; you pay only for the partial month from the start date.

    You cannot switch a deployment from monthly to hourly metering frequency after it is created.

Oracle Database Release Version

When creating a database deployment on Oracle Database Cloud Service, you choose one of the following Oracle Database software release versions:

  • Oracle Database 11g Release 2

  • Oracle Database 12c Release 1

  • Oracle Database 12c Release 2

    Note:

    Oracle Database 12c Release 2 (12.2) is not available at the Oracle Database Cloud Service - Virtual Image service level.

Oracle Database Software Package

When creating a database deployment on Oracle Database Cloud Service, you choose one of the following Oracle Database software packages. For detailed information about the Oracle Database features, options and packs each package provides, see the Permitted Features section of Oracle Database Licensing Information User Manual.

  • Standard Edition—Oracle Database Standard Edition, which delivers unprecedented ease of use, power, and performance for workgroup, department-level, and Web applications. It includes all the facilities necessary to build business-critical applications.

  • Enterprise Edition—Oracle Database Enterprise Edition, which provides the performance, availability, scalability, and security required for mission-critical applications such as high-volume online transaction processing (OLTP) applications, query-intensive data warehouses, and demanding Internet applications.

  • Enterprise Edition - High Performance—provides all the features of Enterprise Edition, plus many of the available Oracle Database options and management packs.

  • Enterprise Edition - Extreme Performance—provides all the features of Enterprise Edition, plus all of the Oracle Database options and management packs appropriate for use in Oracle Database Cloud Service.

Note:

If you choose Enterprise Edition or Enterprise Edition - High Performance, all available database enterprise management packs and Enterprise Edition options are included in the database deployment. The packs and options that are not part of the software package you chose are available to you for use on a trial basis.

Database Type

When creating a database deployment on Oracle Database Cloud Service, you choose one of the following database types:

Computing Power

When creating a database deployment on Oracle Database Cloud Service, you choose the computing power for the associated compute node (or compute nodes in the case of deployments that use Oracle Real Application Clusters) from a list of supported OCPU (Oracle CPU) and processor RAM combinations. These combinations fall into two categories:

  • General Purpose:

    • OC3 - 1 OCPU, 7.5 GB RAM

    • OC4 - 2 OCPU, 15 GB RAM

    • OC5 - 4 OCPU, 30 GB RAM

    • OC6 - 8 OCPU, 60 GB RAM

    • OC7 - 16 OCPU, 120 GB RAM

  • High Memory:

    • OC1M - 1 OCPU, 15 GB RAM

    • OC2M - 2 OCPU, 30 GB RAM

    • OC3M - 4 OCPU, 60 GB RAM

    • OC4M - 8 OCPU, 120 GB RAM

    • OC5M - 16 OCPU, 240 GB RAM

Database Storage

When creating a database deployment on Oracle Database Cloud Service, you choose the amount of usable data storage you want for your database in gigabyte (GB) increments up to a maximum of 2 TB (2048 GB).

After you create the database deployment, you can add more data storage as needed. For information, see Scaling Up the Storage for a Database Deployment.

By adding more storage, you can create a database of up to 4.6 TB with local backups or up to 12 TB (7.8 TB on a deployment hosting an Oracle RAC database) without local backups.

Automatic Backup Configuration

When creating a new database deployment on Oracle Database Cloud Service, you choose whether you want automatic backups to be configured for the database. Your choices are:

  • Both Cloud Storage and Local Storage—30 days' worth of backups are kept, with the 7 most recent days' worth available directly on the compute node’s local storage.

  • Cloud Storage Only—30 days' worth of backups are kept, with all backups on cloud storage.

  • None—automatic backups are not configured.

If you choose either of the cloud storage options, you must specify an existing Oracle Storage Cloud container for the cloud storage or create an Oracle Storage Cloud container as part of the database deployment creation. This container becomes associated with Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service, which Database Cloud Service uses to perform backups to cloud storage. Once associated with Oracle Database Backup Cloud Service, this container becomes part of your Oracle Database Public Cloud Services subscription (or trial) rather than part of an Oracle IaaS Public Cloud Services subscription (or trial).

Note:

Do not use the Oracle Storage Cloud container that you are using to back up Database Cloud Service databases to cloud storage for any other purpose. For example, do not also use it to back up Oracle Java Cloud Service instances to cloud storage. Using the container for multiple purposes can result in billing errors.