Best Practices for Running Oracle Database on Amazon Web Services
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Oracle database creation and deployment can be automated using AWS CloudFormation templates. For step-by-step instructions deploying an Oracle database environment, see Oracle Database on AWS Quick Start.

Oracle AMIs

An Amazon Machine Image (AMI) provides the information required to launch an instance, which is a virtual server in the cloud. You specify an AMI when you launch an instance, and you can launch as many instances from the AMI as you need.

Oracle periodically provides official AMIs for some Oracle products, including Oracle Database, on AWS. However, Oracle-provided database AMIs that are available might not always be the latest version. Oracle-supplied AMIs are based on the Oracle Linux operating system.

You are not required to use an Oracle-provided AMI to install and use Oracle Database on Amazon EC2. You can start an Amazon EC2 instance with an operating system AMI, and then download and install Oracle Database software from the Oracle website, just as you would with a physical server. For recommended operating systems for Oracle workloads on AWS, see the Choosing the Operating System for Oracle Workloads on Amazon EC2.

After you have the first environment set up with all the necessary Oracle software, you can create your own custom AMI for subsequent installations. You can also directly launch AMIs from AWS Marketplace. You should closely scrutinize any community AMIs provided by third parties for security and reliability before using them. AWS is not responsible or liable for their security or reliability.

AWS EC2 Systems Manager

AWS EC2 Systems Manager is a collection of capabilities that helps you automate management tasks such as systems inventory, applying operational patches, automatic creation of AMIs, and configuring operating systems and applications at scale. EC2 Systems Manager uses an SSM (System State Management) Agent to collect inventory, state information within the EC2 instance, and run patch commands. Patch Manager integrates with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), AWS CloudTrail, and Amazon CloudWatch Events to provide a secure patching experience that includes event notifications and the ability to audit usage.