Remote VCN Peering (Across Regions)

This topic is about remote VCN peering. In this case, remote means that the VCNs reside in different regions. If the VCNs you want to connect are in the same region, see Local VCN Peering (Within Region).


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Overview of Remote VCN Peering

Remote VCN peering is the process of connecting two VCNs in different regions (but the same tenancy ). The peering allows the VCNs' resources to communicate using private IP addresses without routing the traffic over the internet or through your on-premises network. Without peering, a given VCN would need an internet gateway and public IP addresses for the instances that need to communicate with another VCN in a different region.

Summary of Networking Components for Remote Peering

At a high level, the Networking service components required for a remote peering include:

  • Two VCNs with non-overlapping CIDRs, in different regions that support remote peering. The VCNs must be in the same tenancy.


    All VCN CIDRs Must Not Overlap

    The two VCNs in the peering relationship must not have overlapping CIDRs. Also, if a particular VCN has multiple peering relationships, those other VCNs must not have overlapping CIDRs with each other. For example, if VCN-1 is peered with VCN-2 and also VCN-3, then VCN-2 and VCN-3 must not have overlapping CIDRs.

  • A dynamic routing gateway (DRG) attached to each VCN in the peering relationship. Your VCN already has a DRG if you're using an IPSec VPN or an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect private virtual circuit.
  • A remote peering connection (RPC) on each DRG in the peering relationship.
  • A connection between those two RPCs.
  • Supporting route rules to enable traffic to flow over the connection, and only to and from select subnets in the respective VCNs (if desired).
  • Supporting security rules to control the types of traffic allowed to and from the instances in the subnets that need to communicate with the other VCN.

The following diagram illustrates the components.

This image shows the basic layout of two VCNs that are remotely peered, each with a remote peering connection on the DRG


A given VCN can use the connected RPCs to reach only VNICs in the other VCN, and not destinations outside of the VCNs (such as the internet or your on-premises network). For example, if VCN-1 in the preceding diagram were to have an internet gateway, the instances in VCN-2 could NOT use it to send traffic to endpoints on the internet. However, be aware that VCN-2 could receive traffic from the internet via VCN-1. For more information, see Important Implications of Peering.

Spoke-to-Spoke: Remote Peering with Transit Routing

Imagine that in each region you have multiple VCNs in a hub-and-spoke layout, as shown in the following diagram. This type of layout within a region is discussed in detail in Transit Routing: Access to Multiple VCNs in the Same Region. The spoke VCNs in a given region are locally peered with the hub VCN in the same region, using local peering gateways .

You can set up remote peering between the two hub VCNs. You can then also set up transit routing for the hub VCN's DRG and LPGs, as discussed in Transit Routing: Access to Multiple VCNs in the Same Region. This setup allows a spoke VCN in one region to communicate with one or more spoke VCNs in the other region without needing a remote peering connection directly between those VCNs.

For example, you could configure routing so that resources in VCN-1-A could communicate with resources in VCN-2-A and VCN-2-B by way of the hub VCNs. That way, VCN 1-A is not required to have a separate remote peering with each of the spoke VCNs in the other region. You could also set up routing so that VCN-1-B could communicate with the spoke VCNs in region 2, without needing its own remote peerings to them.

This image shows the basic layout of two regions with VCNs in a hub-and-spoke layout, with remote peering between the hub VCNs.

Explicit Agreement Required from Both Sides

Peering involves two VCNs in the same tenancy that might be administered by the same party or two different ones. The two parties might both be in your company but in different departments.

Peering between two VCNs requires explicit agreement from both parties in the form of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Identity and Access Management policies that each party implements for their own VCN's compartment .

Important Remote Peering Concepts

The following concepts help you understand the basics of VCN peering and how to establish a remote peering.

A peering is a single peering relationship between two VCNs. Example: If VCN-1 peers with two other VCNs, then there are two peerings. The remote part of remote peering indicates that the VCNs are in different regions. For remote peering, the VCNs must be in the same tenancy.
vcn administrators
In general, VCN peering can occur only if both of the VCN administrators agree to it. In practice, this means that the two administrators must:
  • Share some basic information with each other.
  • Coordinate to set up the required Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Identity and Access Management policies to enable the peering.
  • Configure their VCNs for the peering.
Depending on the situation, a single administrator might be responsible for both VCNs and the related policies. The VCNs must be in the same tenancy.
For more information about the required policies and VCN configuration, see Setting Up a Remote Peering.
acceptor and requestor
To implement the IAM policies required for peering, the two VCN administrators must designate one administrator as the requestor and the other as the acceptor. The requestor must be the one to initiate the request to connect the two RPCs. In turn, the acceptor must create a particular IAM policy that gives the requestor permission to connect to RPCs in the acceptor's compartment . Without that policy, the requestor's request to connect fails.
region subscription
To peer with a VCN in another region, your tenancy must first be subscribed to that region. For information about subscribing, see Managing Regions.
remote peering connection (rpc)
A remote peering connection (RPC) is a component you create on the DRG attached to your VCN. The RPC's job is to act as a connection point for a remotely peered VCN. As part of configuring the VCNs, each administrator must create an RPC for the DRG on their VCN. A given DRG must have a separate RPC for each remote peering it establishes for the VCN (maximum 10 RPCs per tenancy). To continue with the previous example: the DRG on VCN-1 would have two RPCs to peer with two other VCNs. In the API, a RemotePeeringConnection is an object that contains information about the peering. You can't reuse an RPC to later establish another peering with it.
connection between two rpcs
When the requestor initiates the request to peer (in the Console or API), they're effectively asking to connect the two RPCs. This means the requestor must have information to identify each RPC (such as the RPC's region and OCID ).
Either VCN administrator can terminate a peering by deleting their RPC. In that case, the other RPC's status switches to REVOKED. The administrator could instead render the connection non-functional by removing the route rules that enable traffic to flow across the connection (see the next section).
routing to the drg
As part of configuring the VCNs, each administrator must update the VCN's routing to enable traffic to flow between the VCNs. For each subnet that needs to communicate with the other VCN, you update the subnet's route table. The route rule specifies the destination traffic's CIDR and your DRG as the target. Your DRG routes traffic that matches that rule to the other DRG, which in turn routes the traffic to the next hop in the other VCN.
In the following diagram, VCN-1 and VCN-2 are peered. Traffic from an instance in Subnet A ( that is destined for an instance in VCN-2 ( is routed to DRG-1 based on the rule in Subnet A's route table. From there the traffic is routed through the RPCs to DRG-2, and then from there, on to the destination in Subnet X.
This image shows the route tables and path of traffic routed from one DRG to the other.

As mentioned earlier, a given VCN can use the connected RPCs to reach only VNICs in the other VCN, and not destinations outside of the VCNs (such as the internet or your on-premises network). For example, in the preceding diagram, VCN-2 cannot use the internet gateway attached to VCN-1.

security rules
Each subnet in a VCN has one or more security lists that control traffic in and out of the subnet's VNICs at the packet level. You can use security lists to control the type of traffic allowed with the other VCN. As part of configuring the VCNs, each administrator must determine which subnets in their own VCN need to communicate with VNICs in the other VCN and update their subnet's security lists accordingly.
If you use network security groups (NSGs) to implement security rules, notice that you have the option to write security rules for an NSG that specify another NSG as the source or destination of traffic. However, the two NSGs must belong to the same VCN.

Important Implications of Peering

If you haven't yet, read Important Implications of Peering to understand important access control, security, and performance implications for peered VCNs.

Setting Up a Remote Peering

This section covers the general process for setting up a peering between two VCNs in different regions.


The following procedure assumes that:

  1. Create the RPCs: Each VCN administrator creates an RPC for their own VCN's DRG.
  2. Share information: The administrators share the basic required information.
  3. Set up the required IAM policies for the connection: The administrators set up IAM policies to enable the connection to be established.
  4. Establish the connection: The requestor connects the two RPCs (see Important Remote Peering Concepts for the definition of the requestor and acceptor).
  5. Update route tables: Each administrator updates their VCN's route tables to enable traffic between the peered VCNs as desired.
  6. Update security rules: Each administrator updates their VCN's security rules to enable traffic between the peered VCNs as desired.

If desired, the administrators can perform tasks E and F before establishing the connection. Each administrator needs to know the CIDR block or specific subnets from the other's VCN and share that in task B.

Task A: Create the RPCs
Task B: Share information
Task C: Set up the IAM policies
Task D: Establish the connection
Task E: Configure the route tables
Task F: Configure the security rules

Using the Console

To delete a remote peering connection

Using the API

For information about using the API and signing requests, see REST APIs and Security Credentials. For information about SDKs, see Software Development Kits and Command Line Interface.

To manage your RPCs and create connections, use these operations: