Learn About Observability and Management Monitoring in OCI

The Observability and Management platform in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) provides a suite of services that support cross stack visibility and rapid performance insights for any technology, deployed anywhere.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring for the Observability and Management platform is used to track the performance of the resources in your tenancy.

In this tutorial, we will look at how to use the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring service to gather metrics from different OCI resources such as compute, network, and storage. Additionally, we will see how to leverage the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Notifications service to set up alerts whenever an alarm is breached so that teams can stay on top of the performance of their resources in their OCI tenancy.


This architecture diagram shows a two-tier deployment on OCI which includes compute instances, database and object storage. This is a common scenario which a customer can expect to have on OCI.


This architecture has the following components:

  • Region

    An OCI region is a localized geographic area that contains one or more data centers, called availability domains. Regions are independent of other regions, and vast distances can separate them (across countries or even continents).

  • Virtual cloud network (VCN) and subnet

    A VCN is a customizable, software-defined network that you set up in an OCI region. Like traditional data center networks, VCNs give you complete control over your network environment. A VCN can have multiple non-overlapping CIDR blocks that you can change after you create the VCN. You can segment a VCN into subnets, which can be scoped to a region or to an availability domain. Each subnet consists of a contiguous range of addresses that don't overlap with the other subnets in the VCN. You can change the size of a subnet after creation. A subnet can be public or private.

  • Application Server

    Application servers use a secondary peer that, like the database, will take over processing in the event of a disaster. Application servers use configuration and metadata that is stored both in the database and the file system. Application server clustering provides protection in the scope of a single region but ongoing modifications and new deployments need to be replicated to the secondary location on an ongoing basis for a consistent disaster recovery.

  • Audit

    The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Audit service automatically records calls to all supported OCI public application programming interface (API) endpoints as log events. Currently, all services support logging by Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Audit.

  • Internet gateway

    The internet gateway allows traffic between the public subnets in a VCN and the public internet.

  • Load balancer

    The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Load Balancing service provides automated traffic distribution from a single entry point to multiple servers in the back end.

  • Logging
    Logging is a highly scalable and fully managed service that provides access to the following types of logs from your resources in the cloud:
    • Audit logs: Logs related to events emitted by the Audit service.
    • Service logs: Logs emitted by individual services such as API Gateway, Events, Functions, Load Balancing, Object Storage, and VCN flow logs.
    • Custom logs: Logs that contain diagnostic information from custom applications, other cloud providers, or an on-premises environment.
  • Monitoring

    Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring service actively and passively monitors your cloud resources using metrics to monitor resources and alarms to notify you when these metrics meet alarm-specified triggers.

  • Object storage

    Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage provides quick access to large amounts of structured and unstructured data of any content type, including database backups, analytic data, and rich content such as images and videos. You can safely and securely store and then retrieve data directly from the internet or from within the cloud platform. You can seamlessly scale storage without experiencing any degradation in performance or service reliability. Use standard storage for "hot" storage that you need to access quickly, immediately, and frequently. Use archive storage for "cold" storage that you retain for long periods of time and seldom or rarely access.

  • Service gateway

    The service gateway provides access from a VCN to other services, such as Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage. The traffic from the VCN to the Oracle service travels over the Oracle network fabric and never traverses the internet.

  • Web Application Firewall (WAF)

    Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Web Application Firewall (WAF) is a payment card industry (PCI) compliant, regional-based and edge enforcement service that is attached to an enforcement point, such as a load balancer or a web application domain name. WAF protects applications from malicious and unwanted internet traffic. WAF can protect any internet facing endpoint, providing consistent rule enforcement across a customer's applications.

About Required Services and Roles

This solution requires the following services and roles:

  • Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Identity and Access Management (IAM)

These are the roles needed for each service.

Service Name: Role Required to...
OCI: Administrator Complete access to resources such as compute, network, and observability and management services.
OCI: Security administrator Inspect access to resources such as compute, network, and complete access to observability and management services.

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