ICS Pricing – ICS Definitive Tip #9 by Phil Wilkins

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ICS pricing is based on two aspects – the number of connections and the number of messages processed.  But what constitutes a connection?  What happens if I exceed the number of messages or connections?

Number of Connections

The overall model for ICS pricing is on page 34 of Oracle Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service – Public Cloud Service Descriptions-Metered & Non-Metered. The key definition for a Hosted Connection is on Page 9 of this document.  The critical wording for the connections is:

A Connection is counted per unique application, data source, third party software, Oracle software, Web Service or REST end point to which the Oracle Integration Cloud Service is connected. SOAP or REST Web Services that have the same base URI (combination of host and port) are counted as one Connection.

So you can define for example two ICS connections (one in and one out for example, or one per operation) to the same service aslong as the basic part of the URL e.g. icsallpurpose-xxxxxx.integration.us2.oraclecloud.com  is the same. The ports will typically only become a countable to the same URL if you use different protocols e.g. HTTP, HTTPS, FTP. This simply comes down to the fact different protocols typically use different ports.  But, if I daisy chained integrations within the same ICS instance; then assuming they are all HTTPS calls they would only consume 1 connection. This is regardless of how many different connections created to provide the full path.  This is also important as when transitioning versions of end points you may need the current and previous endpoints available, which within this model would count as the same connection as typically the version identifier is in the subsequent path. Read the complete article here.

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About Jürgen Kress
As a middleware expert Jürgen works at Oracle EMEA Alliances and Channels, responsible for Oracle’s EMEA Fusion Middleware partner business. He is the founder of the Oracle SOA & BPM and the WebLogic Partner Communities and the global Oracle Partner Advisory Councils. With more than 5000 members from all over the world the Middleware Partner Community is the most successful and active community at Oracle. Jürgen manages the community with monthly newsletters, webcasts and conferences. He hosts his annual Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forums and the Fusion Middleware Summer Camps, where more than 200 partners get product updates, roadmap insights and hands-on trainings. Supplemented by many web 2.0 tools like twitter, discussion forums, online communities, blogs and wikis. For the SOA & Cloud Symposium by Thomas Erl, Jürgen is a member of the steering board. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences like the SOA & BPM Integration Days, JAX, UKOUG, OUGN, or OOP.

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