Creating an Autonomous Exadata Infrastructure Resource

This topic describes how to provision an Autonomous Exadata Infrastructure resource for Autonomous Databases using the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Console or the API. For an overview of dedicated Exadata infrastructure, see Overview of Autonomous Database on Dedicated Exadata Infrastructure.

The infrastructure resource includes the physical Exadata hardware and intelligent Exadata software. Once you have provisioned an infrastructure instance, you can provision one or more Autonomous Container Databases to run on your infrastructure. To provision an Autonomous Database, you must have both an infrastructure resource and at least one container database available.

Note

This topic is not applicable to Autonomous Databases on shared Exadata infrastructure.

Prerequisites

  • To create an Autonomous Exadata Infrastructure resource, you must be given the required type of access in a policy  written by an administrator, whether you're using the Console or the REST API with an SDK, CLI, or other tool. If you try to perform an action and get a message that you don’t have permission or are unauthorized, confirm with your administrator the type of access you've been granted and which compartment  you should work in. See Authentication and Authorization for more information on user authorizations for the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Database service.

    Tip

    See Let database and fleet administrators manage Autonomous Databases for sample Autonomous Database policies. See Details for the Database Service for detailed information on policy syntax.
  • You will also need a Virtual Cloud Network and a Subnet, which you create using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure's Networking service. For information on creating and managing these resources, see VCNs and Subnets.

Using the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Console

To create an Autonomous Exadata Infrastructure resource

  1. Open the navigation menu. Under Database, click Autonomous Transaction Processing or Autonomous Data Warehouse.
  2. Choose your Compartment.
  3. Click Autonomous Exadata Infrastructure.
  4. Click Create Autonomous Exadata Infrastructure.
  5. In the Create Autonomous Exadata Infrastructure dialog, enter the following general information:

    • Compartment: Specify the compartment in which the Autonomous Exadata Infrastructure will be created.
    • Display Name: A user-friendly description or other information that helps you easily identify the infrastructure resource. The display name does not have to be unique. Avoid entering confidential information.
    • Availability Domain: Select an availability domain  for the Autonomous Exadata Infrastructure.
    • System Model: Select a system model, either the X7 or X8. See Available Exadata Infrastructure Hardware Shapes for detailed information on available system models.
    • System Configuration: Select Quarter Rack, Half Rack., or Full Rack. Total available OCPUs and storage are displayed on the system configuration buttons. Total available OCPU and storage values are determined by the specified system model.

  6. Enter the following network information:

    • Virtual cloud network compartment: The compartment containing the VCN you wish to use for the Autonomous Exadata Infrastructure. The default value is the user's current compartment. Click change compartment to select a VCN in a different compartment.
    • Virtual cloud network: The VCN in which to launch the Autonomous Exadata Infrastructure.
    • Subnet compartment: The compartment containing the subnet you wish to use for the Autonomous Exadata Infrastructure. The default value is the user's current compartment. Click change compartment to select a subnet in a different compartment.
    • Subnet: The subnet to which the Autonomous Exadata Infrastructure should attach.
    • Use network security groups to control traffic: Optional. You can specify up to five network security groups (NSGs) for your Autonomous Exadata Infrastructure resource by selecting this option. NSGs function as virtual firewalls, allowing you to apply a set of ingress and egress security rules to your infrastructure resource. A maximum of five NSGs can be specified. To add an NSG, select the compartment containing the NSG using the  Network security group compartment selector, then select the NSG itself using the Network security group selector.

      For more information on creating and working with NSGs, see Network Security Groups.

      Note that if you choose a subnet with a security list, the security rules for the infrastructure resource will be a union of the rules in the security list and the NSGs.

  7. Optionally, you can specify the date and start time for the Autonomous Exadata Infrastructure quarterly maintenance.

    Tip

    Oracle recommends that you define the acceptable maintenance times for your Autonomous Exadata Infrastructure resources and Autonomous Container Databases. Doing so will prevent maintenance runs from occurring at times that would be disruptive to regular database operations.
  8. Choose the license type you wish to use. Your choice affects metering for billing. You have the following options:

    • Bring your own license:  If you choose this option, make sure you have proper entitlements to use for new service instances that you create.
    • License included: With this choice, the cost of the cloud service includes a license for the Database service.
  9. The following Advanced Options are available:

    Tags - Optionally, you can apply tags. If you have permissions to create a resource, you also have permissions to apply free-form tags to that resource. To apply a defined tag, you must have permissions to use the tag namespace. For more information about tagging, see Resource Tags. If you are not sure if you should apply tags, skip this option (you can apply tags later) or ask your administrator. Avoid entering confidential information.

  10. Click Create Autonomous Exadata Infrastructure.

WHAT NEXT?

After creating an Autonomous Exadata Infrastructure resource, you can create one or more Autonomous Container Databases on your infrastructure. You must have provisioned both an infrastructure resource and at least one container database before you can create your first Autonomous Database in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

To change the Autonomous Exadata Infrastructure maintenance schedule
  1. In the Create Autonomous Exadata Infrastructure dialog, click Modify Schedule.
  2. In the Automatic Maintenance Schedule dialog, select Specify a Schedule
  3. In the Maintenance months selector, specify at least one month for each quarter during which infrastructure maintenance will take place.
  4. For Week of the Month, select a week during the month that the maintenance will take place. Weeks start on the 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd days of the month, and have a duration of 7 days. Weeks start and end based on calendar dates, not days of the week. For example, to allow maintenance during the 2nd week of the month (from the 8th day to the 14th day of the month), use the value 2. Maintenance cannot be scheduled for the fifth week of months that contain more than 28 days.
  5. For Day of the Week, select the day of the week that the maintenance will take place.
  6. For Start Hour, select one of the six start time windows available. The maintenance will begin during the 4 hour time window that you specify and may continue beyond the end of the period chosen. The start time window is specified in universal coordinated time (UTC).
  7. Click Update Maintenance Schedule.