Traffic Management

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Traffic management—a critical component of DNS—enables users to configure routing policies to serve intelligent responses to DNS queries. Oracle Traffic Management steering policies are used to steer DNS traffic across multiple public Oracle Cloud Infrastructure instances and other private and third-party assets.

Traffic Management features

Public DNS steering policies are not limited to assets in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, making Oracle DNS the best choice for hybrid and multicloud architectures. Traffic management steering policy types include:

Load balancer

Global server load balancing enables you to use round robin load balancing to distribute traffic among multiple servers to optimize performance. Traffic can be split evenly among endpoints or weighted via ratio assignment.


It’s easy to set up a simple active-active failover between two public assets. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure will monitor the primary endpoint (via Oracle Health Checks) and reroute all traffic to a failover location if the primary endpoint is unresponsive.

Geolocation steering

Traffic steering policies can also route traffic based on the source of the query. Geolocation steering dynamically routes requests to the appropriate response pool based on the physical location of the originating request.

ASN steering

Dynamically routes traffic requests based on the originating ASN or IP prefix.

IP prefix steering

Dynamically routes traffic requests based on originating IP prefix (for example,

Traffic Management use cases


Easy to configure Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Health Checks for external monitoring from vantage points around the globe.

Connect to other public clouds

Securely connect to workloads in other providers’ cloud services.

Availability monitoring

No contracts or commitment. Build as many IPSec tunnels to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure as you want and keep them active as long as you want.

Cloud migration

Cloud DNS load balancing—ratio load balancing, in particular—is perfect for controlling your migration to the cloud. Simply steer a small percentage of traffic to the “new” infrastructure, monitor the results, and increase the amount of traffic at your own pace.

Load balancing for test

Distribute load across multiple compute instances as you scale mission-critical applications and leverage Oracle Health Checks to ensure users are sent to healthy endpoint.

Hybrid environments

Traffic steering policies work with any public-facing endpoint and serve as a control plane for any combination of your own data centers and cloud infrastructure instances.

Worldwide geolocation

With Oracle Cloud Infrastructure's industry-leading geolocation data, you can ensure the lowest-latency response for end users. This same data can also help with compliance based on the users’ countries of origin.

Canary testing

Control access to new or beta features before rolling out for general availability with source-based steering policies based on geolocation or IP prefix.

Zero-rating services

In this case, conditional steering is based on the originating enterprise, mobile operator, or other communications provider. Preferred autonomous system numbers (ASNs) can be directed to free resources while all other traffic can be directed to paid resources to support commercial agreements that may be in place.

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