Keeping track of cloud resources is a constant challenge. Enterprises move to cloud to reduce operational costs and improve business agility. Many early adopters chose to enable thier business units to deploy infrastructure rapidly to be more agile and service their own customers better. The drawback of this approach is the rapid proliferation of data and application assets across many different cloud accounts and the lack of standards and governance. Costs can also get out of control as there is no central authority to govern usage, and very quick, no one know whats deployed, where and why?
To help provide better governance over cloud usage and apply the same set of corporate standards to cloud resources as they are applied to on-premises resources, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has introduced a best-practice approach to managing cloud resources using a set of standard tags.
Oracle Standard Tags is a set of tag namespaces that governance administrators can deploy in their tenancy at the click of a button. The namespaces are a collection of most commonly used tags which allow customers to categorize resources to manage costs, improve security & availability and improve the overall cloud service experience.
Simply select the Oracle Standard Tag namespaces shown below to make these tags available for assignment across your Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) tenancy.
There are several advantages to deploying and using these tags across your tenancy.
You get a consistent practice of tagging across your tenancy. Most tags in the standard tag set have pre-defined set of values. Therefore, as cloud users apply these tags to their resources, your tag value data is crisp and consistent. No free-form typing of tag values that create data quality issues.
Cloud users have a seamless experience while applying tags - simply pick a value from the drop down and apply.
OCI services can use tag data to provide a better service experience.
The Autonomous Database Dedicated for Fleet Administrators Live Labs workshop has step-by-step instructions for deploying and applying Oracle Standard Tags.
In addition, you may talk to your Oracle account team or customer success managers for further guidance on how tagging best practices can become a part of your cloud on-boarding. Happy tagging!
Kris Bhanushali is a Senior Principal Product Manager for Oracle's Database Cloud Service. If you have any questions about this blog's content, please email him at email@example.com
Adithya Raam Sankar is a Senior Product Manager in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Platform and Commercial Systems team working on tagging, compartments, limits, quotas, and cost management.