Add Oracle FastConnect to a Cloud Router

Prerequisites

If you are planning to use a private virtual circuit to connect to your Oracle virtual cloud network (VCN), you will need a Dynamic Routing Gateway (DRG) in place. For more information, see Oracle - Create a DRG and Oracle - Attach a DRG to a VCN.

Create a FastConnect connection in the OCI console

  1. Log in to the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure console.

  2. Ensure that you are in one of the following regions:

    • US East (Ashburn)
    • US West (Phoenix)
  3. From the menu in the upper left, select Networking > FastConnect.

    Screenshot of the FastConnect option in the Oracle Cloud console

  4. Ensure that you have selected the appropriate compartment, and then click Create FastConnect.

  5. Select FastConnect Partner.

  6. In the Partner drop-down menu, select PacketFabric: Cloud Connectivity.

  7. Click Next.

  8. On the Configuration step, complete the following fields:

    • Header row

      • Field
      • Description
    • r1

      • Name
      • Enter a name for the connection.
    • r1

      • Compartment
      • Ensure the compartment is correct.
    • r1

      • Virtual Circuit Type

      • Select a private virtual circuit.

        NOTE: Public virtual circuits are not supported at this time.
    • r1

      • Dynamic Routing Gateway
      • Select the dynamic routing gateway (DRG) that will connect your virtual circuit to your Oracle virtual cloud network (VCN). For more information, see Oracle - Dynamic Routing Gateways.
    • r1

      • Provisioned Bandwidth
      • Select the speed/capacity for the connection.
    • r1

      • BGP IP Addresses

      • Enter the IP addresses to use in the BGP session you will establish over the FastConnect connection.

        IMPORTANT: Ensure the IP addresses are unique within the Cloud Router and do not overlap with other addresses used as local or peer IPs.
    • r1

      • Customer BGP ASN
      • Enter the ASN that you assigned to your PacketFabric Cloud Router.
    • r1

      • Use a BGP MD5 authentication key
      • Select this option to generate an MD5 authentication key with your connection.
  9. Under the advanced options, you can enter any metadata tags as required.

  10. Click Create.

  11. You are redirected to the virtual circuit page. At the top of the page or under the virtual circuit details, click Copy next to OCID. You will need this to order the connection from the PacketFabric side.

    FastConnect OCID copy action

Create a PacketFabric Cloud Router connection

  1. Log in to the PacketFabric portal and select Network > Cloud Routers.

  2. From the Cloud Router overflow menu, select Create Connection.

    screenshot of the cloud router overflow menu

  3. Select Oracle Cloud.

Configure

Complete the following fields and then click Next.

FastConnect OCID
FastConnect OCID
Paste the OCID you copied from the Oracle Cloud console (see above).
Select Oracle Region
Select the region in which you created the FastConnect virtual circuit.
Select Availability Zone
Select a zone.

The zone refers to the physical interconnect diversity between PacketFabric and Oracle (e.g. different routers).

Allocating connections within different zones supports redundancy.

NOTE: You are not asked to specify capacity because we automatically apply the same bandwidth you used when creating the Oracle FastConnect.
Connection Details
PacketFabric ASN entered in Oracle portal
This field validates that you entered your PacketFabric Cloud Router ASN into the Customer BGP ASN field when creating the FastConnect.
You receive an error message if the fields do not match.
Connection description
Enter a meaningful description for the connection.

Billing

Select a billing account and then click Place Order.

The connection should provision within a few minutes.

Next steps

Set up BGP.

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