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Announcing the Launch of Traffic Management

Today we’re excited to announce the release of DNS traffic management on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Our industry-leading DNS is already the most reliable and resilient DNS network across the world. Now you can use customizable steering policies to provide an optimal end-user experience based on factors such endpoint availability and end-user location. In addition to traditional global load-balancing capabilities, like distributing traffic across two Oracle Cloud Infrastructure regions, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure DNS now provides granular control of incoming queries and where to route these requests.

Traffic management steering policies support a variety of use cases, ranging from a simple point-A-to-point-B failover to the most complex enterprise architectures. This support enables you to set predictable business expectations for service differentiation, geographic market targeting, and disaster recovery scenarios. Your rule sets can direct global traffic to any assets under your control, allowing you to optimize user experience and infrastructure efficiency in both hybrid and multicloud scenarios.

Why Do I Need Traffic Management Steering Policies?

Traffic management—a critical component of DNS—lets you configure routing policies for serving intelligent responses to DNS queries. Different answers can be served for a query according to the logic in the customer-defined traffic management policy, thus sending users to the most optimal location in your infrastructure. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure DNS is also optimized to make the best routing decisions based on current conditions on the internet.

What Are the Most Common Use Cases?

As more enterprises move to cloud and hybrid architectures, high availability and disaster recovery are more important than ever before. DNS failover provides the ability to move traffic away from an endpoint when it is unresponsive and send it to an alternate location. The availability status is monitored by Oracle health checks, now also available in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Cloud-based DNS load balancing is ideal for scaling your infrastructure across multiple geographic reasons. Common use cases include scaling out new infrastructure, cloud migration, and controlling the release of new features across your user base. It’s easy to set up “pools” of endpoints across all of your infrastructure (on-premises or cloud-based) and assign ratio-based weighting.

Source-based steering lets you automate routing decisions based on where requests are coming from. These source-based policies can route traffic to the closest geographic assets, create a “split horizon” to control traffic based on the IP prefix of the originating query, and make decisions based on preferred providers.

You can load balance traffic across different Oracle Cloud Infrastructure regions by sending users to the closest geographic location. You can also use health checks to divert users to an alternate region if your assets are unreachable in a particular region.

Getting Started

After you set up basic DNS, select Traffic Management Steering Policies under Edge Services, where you can create and customize your own steering policies. If you have any questions about getting started or how to handle your use case, please reach out to us.

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