Oracle FastConnect

Oracle FastConnect is a network connectivity alternative to using the public internet for connecting your network with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and other Oracle Cloud services. FastConnect provides an easy, elastic, and economical way to create a dedicated and private connection with higher bandwidth options, and a more reliable and consistent networking experience when compared to internet-based connections. For more on Oracle FastConnect, see https://cloud.oracle.com/fastconnect.

Equinix supports all FastConnect connectivity models including dedicated and exchange for:

  • Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

  • Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic

  • Oracle Government Cloud

For more detailed information from Oracle, see:

See also, Oracle FastConnect video.

Private Peering Networking on ECX Fabric

Public Peering Networking on ECX Fabric

FastConnect Connection Workflow

  1. Log into the OCI Console and select the desired region.

    https://console.us-ashburn-1.oraclecloud.com/

    From the top menu select the region where you wish to provision FastConnect.

  2. Create the Dynamic Routing Gateway (DRG).

    In the Networking menu select Dynamic Routing Gateway (DRG). Complete the form and submit. Wait for the DRG to be provisioned.

  3. Attach the DRG to a Virtual Cloud Network (VCN).

    Select your previously created DRG and select Attach to Virtual Cloud Network. Be sure this is associated with your desired VCN Compartment and VCN.

  4. Configure the VCN subnet route table to send traffic to DRG.

    Select Virtual Cloud Networks in the Networking menu and select your desired VCN in the Compartment.

  5. To create a connection, select Equinix CloudExchange as the provider.

    Click continue.

    Enter your information into the ConnectionConnection is a general term that refers to any solution that results in the ability to pass data from one point to another. Connections can be made with Layer 2 or Layer 3 technology, may involve several parts or components and can be created from the portal or with APIs in a variety of ways. form and click Continue.

  6. Copy the unique OCID and continue in the ECX Fabric portal.

    Copy to OCID in the Connection Created confirmation. The Virtual Circuit's now in Pending Provider state.

  7. Log into the ECX Fabric portal (https://ecxfabric.equinix.com/) and click Create Connection.

  8. Select the desired Oracle Cloud Service Profile (such as, OCI – FastConnect Layer 2).

  9. Select a connection source and destination metro.

  10. Complete the connection request form and submit the order.

  11. Complete the BGPBorder Gateway Protocol. A standardized exterior gateway protocol designed to exchange routing and reachability information between autonomous systems on the internet setup in the Oracle Cloud Console.

    Configure your CPE to establish BGP sessionA routing session configured between two peers using the BGP. For standards reference, please see http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc4271.txt(s) with the DRG and exchange routes. Note that Oracle’s ASN is 31898 which is needed when setting up the BGP peering session. Here are some suggested steps:

    • Check BGP is up – this can be viewed on your CPE or in the Oracle Console via the FastConnect VC state

    • Check prefixes received and sent on your CPE

    • Ping or trace route to the DRG using the IP that was setup as the Oracle BGP Peer IP

    • Ping or trace route to the Bare Metal host or VM within Oracle Cloud

    • Establish fail over testing to validate network design as needed

VCN Subnet Routing Notes

  • Customers can announce up to a max of 2000 IPv4Version 4 of the IP protocol providing 32-bit addresses. For standards reference, please see http://www.ietf.org/ rfc/rfc791.txt prefixes to Oracle.

  • Individual VCN subnet addresses are announced back to the CPE over FastConnect BGP. If a new subnet is added it will be automatically announced over BGP. The main VCN CIDR is not announced.

  • CPE routes announced over FastConnect with BGP are not automatically propagated to subnets associated with route table associated with the DRG.

  • Consequently, if a new route is announced from on-prem CPE an entry must be made in the route table to enable reachability of the on-prem route.

  • To minimize the effect of change it's recommended to either consolidate multiple routes into a larger prefix or use the default route.

FastConnect Bandwidth Resizing

Increase or decrease Virtual Connection bandwidth for FastConnect.

Any changes to a FastConnect virtual circuit must first occur in the Oracle Cloud Portal. Once a bandwidth change request has been processed in the Oracle Cloud Portal the remaining steps to update the bandwidth can occur in the ECX Fabric portal.

For additional information on how to manage and edit attributes of an Oracle FastConnect virtual circuit please view Fastconnect: With an Oracle Provider. Look for Managing Your Virtual Circuit in the article.

Updating FastConnect Bandwidth

  • Log into the Oracle Cloud Console and view FastConnect Connection Details.
  • The Connection in the Oracle Cloud portal should be in Provisioned state, so the edit button can be selected.
  • Click Edit to update the provisioned bandwidth value.
  • Select desired provisioned bandwidth value.

  • Lifecycle State Update to Provisioned.

  • Log into ECX Fabric portal and navigate to the Inventory.

  • Search by Service Key to locate the recently modified Virtual Connection.

  • View Connection Details.

Note: In the Bandwidth Details section a notification icon should now be visible. This indicates that the bandwidth for this connection is out of sync with Oracle Cloud Portal.

  • Select Edit to accept the new bandwidth change.

  • Accept the new bandwidth for the Virtual Connection.

  • The new connection speed will be displayed in the connection details.