About Database Cloud Service Database Deployments

When you create a new database deployment on Oracle Database Cloud Service, you use the Create Instance 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.

    (Not available in accounts that use the Universal Credits payment model)

    (Not available on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure)

    Note:

    Oracle Database 12c Release 2 (12.2) and later releases are 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 Create Instance 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:

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 Software Release

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

  • Oracle Database 11g Release 2

  • Oracle Database 12c Release 1

  • Oracle Database 12c Release 2

  • Oracle Database 18c

Note:

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

Note:

The Oracle Database Cloud Service supports several database versions as part of the service provisioning process. The 12c and 18c database versions as licensed perpetually or by term are under normal support and maintenance and these 12c and 18c versions selected for provisioning included in the Oracle Database Cloud Service are fully supported as part of the service subscription. Oracle Database 11.2.0.4 as licensed perpetually or by term is also selectable for provisioning in the Oracle Database Cloud Service and Oracle will continue to support this release version as part of the service subscription for the duration of the Extended Support period for 11.2 as defined in Oracle's Lifetime Support Policy.

Oracle Database Software Edition

When creating a database deployment on Oracle Database Cloud Service, you choose one of the following Oracle Database software editions. For detailed information about the included Oracle Database features, options and packs, 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 edition you chose are available to you for use on a trial basis.

Oracle Database Type

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

  • Single Instance—A single Oracle Database instance and database data store hosted on one compute node. For more information about this type, see Characteristics of a Single Instance Database Deployment.

  • Database Clustering with RAC—A two-node clustered database using Oracle Real Application Clusters technology; two compute nodes each host an Oracle Database instance, and the two instances access the same shared database data store. For more information about this type, see Characteristics of a Database Clustering with RAC Database Deployment.

    (Not available on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure)

  • Single Instance with Data Guard Standby—Two single-instance databases, one acting as the primary database and one acting as the standby database in an Oracle Data Guard configuration. For more information about this type, see Characteristics of a Single Instance with Data Guard Standby Database Deployment.

  • Database Clustering with RAC and Data Guard Standby—Two two-node Oracle RAC databases, one acting as the primary database and one acting as the standby database in an Oracle Data Guard configuration. For more information about this type, see Characteristics of a Database Clustering with RAC and Data Guard Standby Database Deployment.

    (Not available on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure)

  • Data Guard Standby for Hybrid DR — Single-instance database acting as the standby database in an Oracle Data Guard configuration. The primary database is on your own system.

    (Not available on Oracle Cloud at Customer)

    (Not available on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure)

Not all types are available with all combinations of service level and software edition:

  • Single Instance is the only type supported by the Oracle Database Cloud Service - Virtual Image service level.

  • Single Instance is the only type supported by the Standard Edition software edition.

  • The two types that use Oracle RAC are available only with Enterprise Edition - Extreme Performance software edition.

Computing Power

When creating a database deployment on Oracle Database Cloud Service, you choose the computing power for the associated compute node or nodes from a list of supported OCPU (Oracle CPU) and processor RAM combinations. The combinations you can choose from depend on which infrastructure you are using for the deployment:

  • For deployments on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure:

    View a list of currently available shapes by going to the Pricing page for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute on cloud.oracle.com. The “BM.Standard” shapes in the Compute - Bare Metal Instances table and the “VM.Standard” shapes in the Compute - Virtual Machine Instances table are available in Oracle Database Cloud Service.

  • For deployments on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic:

    View a list of currently available shapes by going to the Pricing page for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute Classic - General Purpose Compute on cloud.oracle.com. The shapes in the General Purpose Shapes and the High Memory Shapes tables are available in Oracle Database Cloud Service.

Note:

Not all shapes are available in all regions or sites.

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. After you create the database deployment, you can add more data and local backup storage as needed to create much larger databases. For information, see Scaling Up the Storage for a Database Deployment.

How much storage you can allocate when creating a deployment and how much storage you can add later both depend on which infrastructure you are using for the deployment:

  • For Oracle Cloud Infrastructure:

    • When creating a deployment: you can create a database of up to 9600 GB (9.3 TB) with backups to both cloud and local storage or up to 16 TB with backups to cloud storage only or no backups.

    • By adding more storage: 28 scale-up operations, each of up to 16 TB, are supported. Thus, the deployment can accommodate a database of up to 158 TB with backups to both cloud and local storage or up to 386 TB with backups to cloud storage only or no backups. However, if you need databases of such large sizes, you should consider using Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Service instead of Oracle Database Cloud Service.

  • For Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic:

    • When creating a deployment: you can create a database of up to 1200 GB with backups to both cloud and local storage or up to 2048 GB (2 TB) with backups to cloud storage only or no backups.

    • By adding more storage: 5 scale-up operations, each of up to 2 TB, are supported. Thus, the deployment can accommodate a database of up to 4.7 TB with backups to both cloud and local storage or up to 10 TB (7.7 TB in Oracle RAC deployments) with backups to cloud storage only or no 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.

    Note:

    This choice is not currently available for database deployments that use Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC).

  • None—automatic backups are not configured.

If you choose either of the cloud storage options, you must specify a cloud storage location:

  • For deployments in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, specify an existing Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage bucket.

  • For deployments in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic, specify an existing Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage Classic container or create one as part of the database deployment creation.