Author Archives: richard

How Elastic is the Oracle Cloud

By | July 16, 2019

The Oracle Cloud is Elastic! Not only with it’s Infrastructure services, but also with its PaaS Services like the Autonomous Database, Analytics, Visual Builder Service and more.

Get 60% cost reduction and Super Speeds when needed, all on-the-fly! Check out this example for running Oracle Analytics Cloud and the Autonomous Database.

APEX now available on the Oracle Autonomous Database

By | June 27, 2019

YES! APEX is available on the Autonomous Database!!! In case you have been living under some rock; APEX is Oracle’s awesome Low Code development platform. You can extremely easily build simple web applications that look awesome, support all the latest HTML technologies without doing too much. If you want to build more complex things, no… Read More »

OCI Autoscale Super Script

By | June 26, 2019

Reduce your OCI bill or get the correct performance when needed! The OCI Auto Scaling super script can automatically execute the right Scale Up/Down and Power On/Off actions based on a daily schedule.

The script supports: Compute VMs, Instance Pools, Database VMs, Database Baremetal and the Autonomous Database

OCI Manager v1.7 for iPhone released

By | May 22, 2019

This week you can find the updated version of my OCI iPhone Manager App in the app store. Besides supporting the newly opened regions for OCI and some bug fixes, it now also supports easily starting, stopping and resetting your DB VMs. (the DB node). When you stop a DB node, the actual billing stops… Read More »

OCI Dashboard with Smashing/Dashing

By | May 13, 2019

Who does not like a good (real-time) dashboard? Well I do! Last week I had to deliver a hands-on workshop for the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, so why not make a cool dashboard to monitor the progress of the hands-on lab 🙂 It turned out not very difficult to do. I based my dashboard on the… Read More »

Move OCI Windows Instances between regions and tenants

By | April 27, 2019

Most instances (VMs and Bare Metal) can be exported, so that they can be copied/transferred to other regions or other Cloud Accounts. One type of instance does not support this, these are the instances created based on Oracle provided Windows. This has to do with the licensing deal between Oracle and VMware. So is it… Read More »

Category: OCI

Import VMware Virtual Machines with high performance para-virtualized drivers.

By | March 31, 2019

Oracle’s Secret: Windows Para-virtualized drivers for OCI available! UPDATE (May 9th): OCI now officially supports importing Windows VMs in paravirtualization mode! So you no longer have to lie about the operating system you are importing 🙂 When running Windows in a virtual machine you typically have 2 strategies. One is to pretend that windows is… Read More »

Category: OCI

OCI Community is growing!

By | March 19, 2019

As more and more people are starting to seriously use the Oracle Cloud, the community of technical specialists is also growing nicely and sharing their experiences, tools and ideas with the wider community. So I thought it would be good to start a list of “OCI Blogger/websites”, OCI related YouTube channels and 3rd party tools… Read More »

Major new OCI features!

By | March 3, 2019

Wow!! It must have been a busy week for the OCI developers. The last week of February was full of new feature updates to the OCI platform. Let’s have a look at some of this goodness 🙂 Performance Metrics On your Instances (VMs and baremetal) you now have full performance metrics available in the cloud… Read More »

Importing / Moving on-premise (VMware) instances to OCI

By | February 22, 2019

OCI’s Native VMDK Import feature It is of course important that you can easily move any of your on-premise workloads to the Cloud. The Oracle Cloud has specific features to help you with this task, like the native support for importing .VMDK files. A good starting point in the documentation is here: If you… Read More »

Consumption Insight with the API

By | February 1, 2019

If you start using the Oracle Cloud (OCI), you want to of course have a good understanding about your spending. The Oracle Cloud provides you with some special tools to manage your consumption. One of them being cost-tracking tags. On each object / service in the Oracle Cloud you can apply cost-tracking tags, these tags… Read More »

Grow / Shrink Compute Instances

By | January 15, 2019

A very common question I come across a lot is “how to change the size of the Compute Instance (VM)“. Currently this is not “natively” possible, but with some manual labor very doable!. Happily OCI does support terminating an Instance while keeping the boot and data volumes. If you instance works with a reserved Public… Read More »

Category: OCI

Auto Start / Stop Compute Instances

By | January 3, 2019

I have extended the library of scripts for automatic scheduling. There was already a script to auto Scale BM Database and ATP/ADW instances. New is the autoOnOff script for compute instances. Based on a pre-defined tag in the namespace “Schedule” you can now automatically power on or off compute instances. This will not delete any… Read More »

OCI Manager v1.4 Available – Console View

By | December 10, 2018

The OCI Manager iPhone App is still going strong 🙂 Over 300 people have installed the App and the 5th release v1.4 is now available.  The Last 2 released have added the following features: View the Console of Compute Instances Added support for sub compartment bug fixes You can find the App in the Apple… Read More »

Category: OCI

Where and Who Am I? OCI Instance Metadata Service

By | December 9, 2018

When you are running your instances on OCI, you sometimes would like to know inside the instance where it really it. Well this is possible by using OCI Metadata service.  The Metadata service listen on and will report back information about the Instance, like OCID, Displayname, Shape, Region, etc. Including any custom Metadata that… Read More »