We’re pleased to announce availability of the Oracle Roving Edge Infrastructure for US Government customers.
Oracle Roving Edge Infrastructure is a Cloud integrated service that extends the power of cloud beyond the data center allowing organizations to run selected cloud capabilities in remote and austere environments.
At the core of Oracle Roving Edge Infrastructure are Roving Edge Devices (REDs) which are ruggedized, portable server nodes that physically bring core IaaS and PaaS services to remote locations. Extensible into groups of 5 to 15 nodes, these clusters offer increased capacity and durability.
Roving Edge Infrastructure delivers compute and storage services at the edge of WAN networks and in disconnected locations to enable low-latency collection and processing at the point of data generation and ingestion.
In this release Oracle Roving Edge Infrastructure service is supported in all Oracle US Government and DoD Cloud regions, with plans to roll into other regions over the coming months.
Oracle Roving Edge Infrastructure extends existing customer’s OCI tenancy by physically putting customer IaaS and PaaS services where data is generated on the edge or beyond. Each deployment is created to address specific customer needs by provisioning images and data from the customer’s OCI tenancy. Oracle Roving Edge Infrastructure consists of integrated hardware and software components.
Roving Edge Infrastructure is powered by Rover Edge Devices (REDs) which are purpose-built portable ruggedized servers, shipped with a customized software stack.
A single RED contains CPU cores, 512 GB RAM, 61 TB NVMe storage, and a NVIDIA Tesla GPU. REDs conform to MIL-STD specifications for shock, vibration, and temperature, and include ingress protection, operating and non-op altitudes, and Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) shielding. The devices are built with tamper evident seals and tamper resistant enclosures to support the hardware security requirements of FIPS 140-2 Level 2..
To increase the storage capacity and improve durability, customers can deploy Roving Edge Clusters (RED Clusters) of 5 to 15 RED nodes. The clusters fitted with the necessary layer 2 switches and cabling, enclosed in a ruggedized MIL-STD transit case.
Roving Edge Infrastructure services allows customer’s Oracle Cloud workloads to execute on the RED platform without modification, synchronizing with the cloud as necessary. In order to deploy specific workloads to Roving Edge Devices, users can first develop, test and validate their applications in the Oracle Cloud environment. To enable this, REDs are shipped with a customized software stack to allow select compute and storage workloads to execute with no WAN connectivity.
The general availability release of Roving Edge Infrastructure is supported by the following features:
Identity Management: Roving Edge Infrastructure identity service enable customers to provide access to authenticate and authorize users only. Completely detached from Oracle Cloud Identity the service is limited in scope to a Roving Edge Infrastructure deployment. Administrators can configure credentials to be able to access the Roving Edge Infrastructure console and secured service APIs.
Virtual Machine Infrastructure (VMI): Roving Edge Infrastructure users can run select Oracle Cloud Compute virtual machines on the RED service nodes. Specific VM shapes selected for optimum hardware capacity utilization are supported with 1 GPU VM per node. A RED VMI implementation closely follows Oracle Cloud architecture based on KVM, QEMU and Hypervisor (forked to support RED hardware), compatible with standard OCI VM images and snapshots. Customers are able to utilize data synchronization to import snapshots of their OCI VMs to nodes after provisioning.
Block Storage: Roving Edge Infrastructure Block Volumes provide customers reliable, high-performance block storage designed to work with a range of virtual machines. Each RED contains 61TB of NVMe storage, which is shared between block and object storage to allow for more flexibility in capacity distribution. This release supports Boot and data volumes ranging from 50GB to 6TB and Up to 32 volumes per instance can be attached to VMs.
Virtual Networking: Conceptually similar to OCI Virtual Networking, provides customers with complete control over their cloud networking environment and supports a limited number of objects and functionality. Customers can expose services externally by assigning a valid external IP address to a VM instance. All data is encrypted in transit.
Object Storage: Distributed object store that exposes APIs compatible with Oracle Cloud Object Storage and AWS S3. Object Storage enables customers to securely store any type of data in its native format. With built-in redundancy, Object Storage is ideal for building modern applications that require scale and flexibility, as it can be used to consolidate multiple data sources for analytics, backup, or archive purposes. The RED completely manages all data drives on every node within the cluster and provides a distributed storage pool that is used for object, block and file system storage. The RED object store can be synchronized with a customer Oracle Cloud buckets when a secure connection to Oracle Cloud can be established.
Data Sync Task Management: Data Sync performs bi-directional data synchronizations on the RED nodes to both push collected data from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure tenancy, and update the devices with software updates and other essential data. Activated when network connectivity is available to tenancy’s home region, the task can be created from the Roving Edge Device Console.
Other Cloud Infrastructure Services:
Entitlement and Permission – Users can add permissions to manage edge resources along with limits for individual users under their tenancies.
Ordering – Users can request edge deployments through Oracle Cloud console. The ordering experience allows users to configure a RED or a RED cluster to a specific size and designate workloads, such as VMI images, Functions images and object store buckets, to be provisioned onto the devices.
Inventory Management - Enables the customer to keep track of deployed RED equipment.
Oracle Roving Edge Infrastructure can provide Cloud capabilities in remote locations that are completely disconnected or have intermittent or latent WAN connections.
When deployed in clusters with sufficient storage and compute capacity to perform cloud processing locally and without network dependencies, Roving Edge Infrastructure can act as a semi-permanent, long-lived cloud installation in remote locations, such as command and control centers.
You can use Roving Edge Devices to locally process large amounts of streaming data due to time sensitivity requirements and inherently latent WAN connections. You can deploy cloud compute capabilities at the edge to process the data locally, virtually eliminating latency.
The Roving Edge Device is also useful at locations where data generated by equipment and sensors needs to be processed quickly to detect events or anomalies. You can deploy individual nodes to run near real time analysis on location, periodically synchronizing some or all data with your Oracle Cloud Infrastructure tenancy. This is highly relevant in intelligence (air reconnaissance), medical imaging (mobile CT scanning), oil and gas surveys and output quality control. With Roving Edge Infrastructure, you can develop, deploy, and maintain your applications and data in the cloud and then deploy them to the edge as needed.
Here is one example of how Roving Edge Devices with NVIDIA T4 Tensor Core GPUs, enable applications like predictive aircraft maintenance applications, which require rapid analysis of massive data sets in the field. These cannot be run in the public cloud due to bandwidth and latency limitations.
Oracle Roving Edge Infrastructure and Roving Edge Device are currently available in all US government regions. The Roving Edge Infrastructure solutions will be available in US commercial regions in the upcoming releases scheduled for later half of 2021.
We would like to invite you to try these services and provide your feedback below. Existing government customers can order their devices through Oracle Cloud Console. New Oracle Cloud government customers are encouraged to connect with their account representative to order Oracle Cloud Services and discuss their use case. A free $300 trial of Oracle Cloud is also available at cloud.oracle.com/tryit.
Interested agencies please contact us at Roving Edge Infrastructure Team for more information.