What is SOA Cloud Service?

Oracle SOA Cloud Service provides the power and flexibility of the Oracle SOA Suite in the Oracle cloud with your choice of a dedicated SOA Suite, Service Bus, or API Manager instance, with B2B, ESS, Managed File Transfer and Stream Explorer instance types coming soon. Get access to your instance with direct network connections and full administrative control. Oracle provides management tools to streamline your maintenance tasks. SOA Cloud Service is available through monthly subscription pricing as a metered service. Unmetered options will be coming soon as well.

Which types of domains are supported in SOA CS?

The domains that are supported by the first release of SOA CS are:

  • SOA
  • Service Bus
  • SOA and Service Bus
  • API Manager
  • SOA and B2B
  • Managed File Transfer

Can I have custom domain types?

Not at this time.

Which releases of SOA Suite are supported?

We support SOA Suite, API Manager and Managed File Transfer 12.1.3 in SOA Cloud Service in this release. As new versions of SOA Suite, API Manager, and Managed File Transfer become available, we plan to add them to the cloud service as options after the base software is available and has been certified and tested to run as a Cloud Service.

JCS offers an option called Virtual Image. Does Oracle offer SOA Cloud Service - Virtual Image?

SOA Cloud Service does not offer a Virtual Image option. This allows customers to gain the administrative advantages of patching, scaling and backup/recovery across all of their SOA Cloud Service instances.

Does SOA Cloud Service require JCS as a pre-requisite to cover the WebLogic software?

No. SOA Cloud Service bundles JCS into the SOA Cloud Service subscription rate. This simplification means that you just have one rate to pay for the whole SOA and WebLogic Oracle Stack, as well as the Hardware, the OS and the network infrastructure. Variable Compute resources like local disk storage and network usage are charged separately through the underlying compute service. For example, if you have one SOA Cloud Service instance that is using 250 GB of local disk storage, and another instance that is using 3 TB of local disk storage, you would expect to pay more compute service fees for the 3 TB of disc storage than for the 250 GB. Please see cloud.oracle.com/compute for rates.

Is Database Cloud Service included in SOA Cloud Service?

No. Database Cloud Service is a prerequisite of SOA Cloud Service and is priced separately. When provisioning a SOA Cloud Service instance you will be asked to provide the name of a Database Cloud Service instance that you have previously created. This gives you the freedom to choose the DB Edition and size the DB according to your requirements. A single DBCS instance can also be used across many SOA Cloud Service instances, providing it has the capacity to meet your SLAs (for example: Several Developer and sandbox SOA Cloud Service instances could share a single DBCS instance).

What Database editions are supported for SOA Cloud Service?

All of the Non-Virtual Image Database Editions that are supported by DBCS are supported with SOA Cloud Service. Both DBCS versions of 11g and 12c are supported.

Do I need to run the RCU utility to create the SOA Schemas in the DBCS instance before provisioning a SOA Cloud Service Instance?

No. The SOACS automated provisioning process will run RCU and create the SOA Schemas needed for the domain type that you’ve selected.

How is storage allocated for this service?

The Compute Service Console allows you to add local disc storage to your SOA Cloud Service Virtual Machines.

Which technology adapters are included in SOA Cloud Service?

All of the Technology adapters are available for Service Bus and/or SOA Suite Domain types. Connectivity to on-premise applications should be verified.

Which cloud adapters are certified with SOA Cloud Service?

The first release of SOA Cloud Service will have support for the following cloud adapters and others will be added in subsequent releases:

  • Oracle Sales Cloud Adapter
  • Oracle Service Cloud (RightNow) Adapter
  • Oracle Eloqua Adapter
  • Oracle HCM Adapter
  • SalesForce.com Adapter

Which applications adapters are certified with SOA Cloud Service?

All SOA Suite Adapters are certified. Connectivity between SOA Cloud Service and the application should be verified.

What other cloud services are prerequisites for SOA Cloud Service?

Database Cloud Service and Storage Cloud Service.

What’s the best way to get started with SOA Cloud Service?

SOA Cloud Service public trials are available. You can request a Java Cloud Service Trial at cloud.oracle.com/java by clicking on the "Try It" button. Request the Java Cloud Service Trial (Not the SaaS Extensions version), and this will include SOA Cloud Service, API Manager Cloud Service and Managed File Transfer Cloud Service.

How do I start developing new SOA Composites or Service Bus projects for SOA Cloud Service?

You will download and install SOA 12c QuickStart. This will install JDeveloper, a powerful IDE, that will allow you to start development on your local PC or Desktop. Once you have created your project, you can deploy it to your SOA Cloud Service Server for execution. Note that JDeveloper has powerful debugging capabilities, and you can run a local copy of a SOA Server from JDeveloper, so that initial testing can be done on your local machine.

What does SOA Cloud Service cost?

When SOA Cloud Service is available, see the Pricing Tab on http://cloud.oracle.com/soa

What compute shapes are supported by SOA Cloud Service?

SOA Cloud Service will support the following shapes (High Memory only for SOA Cloud Service):

  • OC1M – 1 OCPU and 15 GB RAM
  • OC2M – 2 OCPUs and 30 GB RAM
  • OC3M – 4 OCPUs and 60 GB RAM
  • OC4M – 8 OCPUs and 120 GB RAM

What use cases are supported by SOA Cloud Service?

There are 4 primary use cases:

  1. API Virtualization – Using API Manager Cloud Service to virtualize your back end services, and publish them to a cloud portal where your developer community can discover them.
  2. Dev/Test – Using SOA or Service Bus in the cloud to quickly set up dev and test environments while still running SOA or Service Bus on premise for production.
  3. Lift-n-Shift All Workloads – Run existing SOA or Service Bus projects for Dev, Test and Production in the cloud.
  4. Born in the Cloud SOA – New integration projects can be started with Development in the cloud, move to Test in the cloud, and finally to production in the cloud.

Who uses SOA Cloud Service?

SOA Cloud Service is used by a variety of roles within your organization. IT administrators use the service to stand up an environment for their business groups, and to deploy and manage production SOA applications running in the environment. Architects and developers use the environment to develop SOA applications. Quality assurance engineers use it for testing SOA applications.

In what regions is SOA Cloud Service available?

Currently, SOA Cloud Service is available in North America and Europe, and will soon be available in Asia Pacific. If you have specific region requirements, please reach out to your Oracle sales contact person to understand Oracle's plan for that region.

How does patching and upgrade work for SOA Cloud Service?

Patching will be coming soon in a secondary release. This is how it will work: Oracle provides the necessary patches (in a list as an option) and then the customer decides when to apply them. Applying the patch is a single click operation. Oracle will backup the domain, and then apply the patches, and then do a rolling bounce of the managed servers. The process will be similar for upgrade, although some downtime is expected during an upgrade cycle. Some security patches needed at the infrastructure level are installed by Oracle at fixed maintenance window times.

What is Hybrid Cloud Integration?

Hybrid Cloud Integration is a purposeful architecture where you use an on-premise integration platform (like SOA Suite or Service Bus) and a cloud integration platform (like Integration Cloud Service (ICS) or SOA Cloud Service) in the same integration flow. This enables customers to implement SOA Cloud Service and/or ICS and plug it into their existing SOA Suite on premise even before the Agent is ready, by forwarding Web Service calls through the firewall and into the on-premise integration platform, where the adapters can run to do the local network connectivity using native protocols like JDBC, File or SAP BAPIs.

Will SOA Cloud Service be integrated with Developer Cloud Service?

This is available now for Code check in, code reviews and automated build processes. Developer Cloud Service is provided with a SOA Cloud Service subscription.

How will I monitor my SOA Cloud Service Instance?

Instances can be monitored through the SOA Service Console by any of the Administrative users for the service. You can also use Enterprise Manager Cloud Control (EMCC) on premise to monitor both SOA on premise and SOA Cloud Service through the SOA Management Pack (licensed separately) for a single pane of glass monitoring solution.

Can I configure multiple managed servers or clusters on my SOA Cloud Service Virtual Machines?

This is not currently supported. Because you can create domains with very minimal shapes (1 OCPU, for example), due to the VM technology, it is not as necessary to “stack” multiple managed servers on each VM to try to utilize the CPU at a higher percentage as it was for on-premise installations. It is also so easy to create new instances or scale existing instances, that it is not as necessary to have complex domain configurations with multiple clusters. It becomes much simpler to provision single purpose domains, and to assign just the right number of OCPUs for the use case.

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