Managing Traffic Management Steering Policies

Policy Types

Failover policies allow you to prioritize the order in which you want answers served in a policy (for example, Primary and Secondary). Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Health Checks are leveraged to determine the health of answers in the policy. If the Primary Answer is determined to be unhealthy, DNS traffic will automatically be steered to the Secondary Answer.
load balancer
Load Balancer policies allow distribution of traffic across multiple endpoints. Endpoints can be assigned equal weights to distribute traffic evenly across the endpoints or custom weights may be assigned for ratio load balancing. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Health Checks are leveraged to determine the health of the endpoint. DNS traffic will be automatically distributed to the other endpoints, if an endpoint is determined to be unhealthy.
geolocation steering
Geolocation steering policies distribute DNS traffic to different endpoints based on the location of the end user. Customers can define geographic regions composed of originating continent, countries or states/provinces (North America) and define a separate endpoint or set of endpoints for each region.
asn steering
ASN steering policies enable you to steer DNS traffic based on Autonomous System Numbers (ASN). DNS queries originating from a specific ASN or set of ASNs can be steered to a specified endpoint.
ip prefix steering
IP Prefix steering policies enable customers to steer DNS traffic based on the IP Prefix of the originating query.

Typical Traffic Steering Scenarios

This section describes several typical scenarios for using Traffic Management Steering Policies.

Basic Failover

You can leverage Traffic Management Steering Policies to provide automated failover between primary and secondary servers.

Cloud Migration

Weighted load balancing supports controlled migration from your data center to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure servers. You can steer a small amount of traffic (1%) to your new resources in the cloud to verify everything is working as expected. You can then increase the ratios until you are comfortable with fully migrating all DNS traffic to the cloud.

Load Balancing Across Multiple Servers for Scale

You can configure load balancing pools of multiple servers. Traffic Management Steering Policies can automatically distribute DNS traffic across the set of servers. Health Checks may also be used and traffic will be automatically redirected to healthy servers, if a server is determined to be unhealthy.

Hybrid Environments

Since Traffic Management Steering Policies is an agnostic service, it may be used to not only steer traffic to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure resources, but can also be used to steer traffic to any publicly exposed (internet resolvable) resources, including other cloud providers and enterprise data centers.

Worldwide Geolocation Treatment

You can divide your global users into geographically defined regions (for example, state/province level in NA, country level for rest of world) and steer customers to specified resources based on their location. This helps to ensure global, high performing internet resolution, and supports functions such as ring fencing. For example, keeping traffic from China in China and block traffic outside of China into China.

Canary Testing

Leveraging IP Prefix steering, you can configure policies to serve different responses for your internal users versus external users.

Zero-Rating Services

ASN steering conditional steering based on the originating enterprise, mobile operator or other communications provider in support of various commercial agreements that may be in place. Essentially, preferred ASNs can be directed to free resources, while all other traffic can be directed to paid resources.

Using the Console

Managing Traffic Management Steering Policies

To create a Load Balancer policy
To create a Failover policy
To create a Geolocation Steering policy
To create an ASN Steering policy
To create an IP Prefix Steering policy
To update a policy
To attach a domain to an existing policy
To edit an attached domain
To delete a policy

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.

For more information about managing steering policies using the API, see Traffic Management Steering Policies API Guide.

Use the following operations to manage your steering policies:

Use the following operations to manage your steering policy attachments: