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Bring your own custom image to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Omair Gillani
Sr. Principal Product Manager

We are excited to announce the availability of a new way to lift and shift existing workloads to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. With today’s launch, you can import a wide range of new and legacy production operating systems to OCI and run them on virtual machine instances using emulated hardware.

Getting started is easy. You simply export virtual machines from your existing virtualization environment and import directly to OCI as a custom image. At launch, you can import images in either QCOW2 or VMDK formats.

The new image import experience for emulation mode VMs supports a number of new and older operating systems including:

  • RHEL: 4.5, 5.11, 6.9, 7.4
  • CentOS: 4.0, 4.8, 5.11, 6.9, 7.x
  • Oracle Linux: 4.5, 4.8, 5.11, 6.9, 7.4
  • Ubuntu: 12.04, 14.04, 16.04

Today's launch builds on our ‘Lift & Shift’ story with yet another way for customers to bring their existing workloads to OCI. This now includes:

  • [NEW] Bring Your Own Custom Image to OCI VMs: Customers can import their existing Linux based OS images using VMDK or QCOW2 formats and run in emulation mode VMs. Detailed documentation at Bring Your Own Custom Image.
  • OCI Published OS Images: Customers building new infrastructure in the cloud can benefit from the native virtualization offered by OCI with pre-built images for Oracle Linux, Microsoft Windows, Ubuntu and CentOS. For more details, visit complete list of OCI-provided images.
  • Bring RHEL 7.4 to OCI BM and VMs: Customers can generate a RHEL 7.4 image for VM and BM instances using a simple terraform template available at OCI RHEL Terraform Provider.
  • Bring Your Own KVM: Ability to lift and shift the entire virtualized workload to OCI by using existing hypervisor, management tools, and processes. Customers looking to bring their own OS images or older OS such as Ubuntu 6.X, RHEL 3.X, CentOS 5.4 can use KVM on OCI bare-metal instances. See detailed instructions to Bring Your Own KVM on OCI. For customers looking for lower cost options, consider BYO nested KVM on VM shapes.
  • Bring Your Own OVM: Customers can also choose to lift and shift their OVM virtualized workload to OCI. Detailed guide at OVM on Oracle Cloud.

To learn more about bringing your workload to OCI, including custom images, check out the documentation Bring Your Own Image.

Omair Gillani
Sr. Principal Product Manager, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Team

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