Access management and security standards can be difficult to navigate when configuring cloud deployments, but the Database Management service (DBM) in OCI is making this task easier with new ways to manage connection credentials from within the monitoring service. The new Named Credentials feature in DBM provides a more streamlined, secure way to access resources when utilizing the service for performance monitoring, database administration, or resource management. A named credential contains a user's authentication information, namely a username to connect to a resource and the OCI Vault service secret that contains the associated password, for a resource or group of resources.
The key benefits of configuring and using named credentials:
How can named credentials ease administration tasks in the cloud
When creating named credentials, you have the option of relating a single resource in OCI or a group of resources to minimize efforts in connecting to administer a fleet of databases.
Named credentials can also be used to set Preferred Credentials for resources to provide more granularity and control in user access to resources in OCI. For instance, Preferred Credentials can be configured for a group of administrators allowing for read-only access to features in Database Management. Another Preferred Credentials with elevated privileges can be configured for a separate group of administrators to allow management capabilities including storage administration or advanced SQL tuning operations. The following preferred credentials are available to set:
Finally, Session Credentials can be set on the session level in DBM to override Preferred Credentials. This can be useful when needing access to a resource without being granted privileges to use preferred credentials or having a valid named credential.
Configuring named credentials in the Database Management service
In Database Management, the named credentials section can be accessed from:
Simplify the administration of monitoring your databases in OCI by using the new Named Credentials feature in Database Management. Quickly implement a more secure, streamlined approach in credential management and improve the overall security posture of your cloud estate today. Database Management provides a full suite of capabilities in OCI to manage your entire fleet of databases, try it out today for free.
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Derik Harlow works as Senior Product Manager in the Enterprise Cloud Observability Management organization at Oracle Corporation covering the areas of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Database Management and Operations Insights.