Connecting to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect
The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) private connection model is called FastConnect. FastConnect provides private connectivity and self-service provisioning including full API-level integration.
When connecting to the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) through FastConnect with Megaport, the Virtual Cross Connect (VXC) forms the Layer 2 component of the connection. Layer 3 BGP connectivity is established directly between you and Oracle.
Watch an 8-minute FastConnect video overview.
A common FastConnect deployment might look like this:
Oracle offers an SLA on its FastConnect connectivity but the SLA requires two FastConnect VXCs for redundancy.
You can connect to OCI through FastConnect with Megaport using the OCI console without having to switch between the Oracle and Megaport Portals. For details, see A simple guide: OCI and Megaport are now integrated.
There are two stages involved with establishing a FastConnect connection.
- Create the FastConnect in the Oracle console with Megaport as the provider.
- Provision the VXC in the Megaport Portal to connect to your FastConnect location.
To create the FastConnect in the Oracle console
Log in to the Oracle console and select the region from the upper-right corner.
Create a Compartment or select an existing Compartment to deploy these new resources.
Select Networking and create your Virtual Cloud Network (VCN), Dynamic Routing Gateway, and the FastConnect.
When you create the FastConnect in the Oracle Console, you will be provided with the OCID.
Copy this OCID and then log in to the Megaport Portal.
If you plan to use a private virtual circuit (private peering), you need a Dynamic Routing Gateway (DRG). Use the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Console to set up a DRG, attach it to your VCN, and update routing in your VCN to include a route rule to send traffic to the DRG. It’s easy to forget to update the route table but without the route rule, no traffic will flow.
To create the Megaport connection to Oracle FastConnect
- In the Megaport Portal, go to the Services page and select the Port you want to use.
If you haven’t already created a Port, see Creating a Port.
Add an VXC connection for the Port.
If this is the first connection for the Port, click the Oracle tile. The tile is a shortcut to the configuration page. Alternatively, click +Connection, click Cloud, and click Oracle.
Enter your Oracle Cloud ID (OCID).
The Portal verifies the OCID and displays the available port locations based on the FastConnect region. (For example, if your FastConnect service is deployed in Ashburn, you only see the Ashburn FastConnect targets).
Select a target location for your first connection and click Next.
Specify these connection details:
Connection Name – The name of your VXC to be shown in the Megaport Portal.
Service Level Reference (optional) – Specify a unique identifying number for the VXC to be used for billing purposes, such as a cost center number or a unique customer ID. The service level reference number appears for each service under the Product section of the invoice. You can also edit this field for an existing service.
Partner managed accounts can apply a Partner Deal to a service. For details, see Associating a Deal With a Service.
Rate Limit – This is the speed of your connection in Mbps. Enter the same rate or up to the rate you specified in the Oracle console.
Preferred A-End VLAN (optional) – Specify a VLAN ID for this connection.
This must be a unique VLAN ID on this Port and can range from 2 to 4093. If you specify a VLAN ID that is already in use, the system displays the next available VLAN number. The VLAN ID must be unique to proceed with the order. If you don’t specify a value, Megaport will assign one.
Alternatively, you can click Untag to remove the VLAN tagging for this connection. The untagged option limits you to only one VXC deployed on this Port.
A summary page appears that includes the monthly cost. Click Back to make changes or click Add VXC to move this configuration to your cart. Once you have finished this configuration, you can configure additional VXCs or proceed through the checkout process.
To deploy a second FastConnect (and this is recommended), create a second FastConnect on the Oracle Console, copy the new OCID into the Megaport Portal, and repeat these steps.
Oracle regions are independent of other regions. Each FastConnect connects to one region; connecting to multiple regions requires multiple FastConnects.