I am on the journey of a fun certification of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, 1Z0-1085-20 – Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Foundations 2020. Trying to make some useful notes as I prep, hopefully will be useful to someone on a similar journey.
Please do take advantage of oracle cloud free certifications available in your organisations to upskill appropriately.
SLA is a Service Level Agreement. An SLA is a financially-backed commitment to provide a minimum level of service to customers.
An SLA is generally defined as a number of nines for a particular month and a percentage credit. SLAs typically are written as 99.9% or also referred to as triple nines. Credits as a percentage, 10% credit, 25% credit, 100% credit. The SLAs are combinations which include tiers and definitions which cover these different nines and different percentages for the credits.
Monthly Uptime Percentage is calculated by subtracting from 100%, the percentage of minutes during the calendar month in which the service was unavailable. It’s always a month. You take out the number of minutes the service is unavailable, and that basically gives you the Monthly Uptime Percentage.
x=Number of minutes the service should be availabile
y= Number of minutes the service was unavailabile
Monthly Uptime Percentage = (x-y)/x * 100
What is an example of service unavailablility ?
Unavailablility means that there are no valid API calls that successfully perform an operation.
Sample combination of SLA :
99<x<100 —- 10% Service Credits
95> x <98 —- 25% Service Credits
x < 95% —- 100% Service Credits
The end user needs to calculate how many minutes the service was unavailable, calculate the percentage, and then further calculate the expected credits based on that.
How to request for credits ?
As a customer, you are responsible for monitoring your availability and so does the vendor or the cloud provider. You can log a request to Oracle, and then you work with Oracle to get these credits. Most importantly they have historical information about the target service and refer to the same to respond to your request. I am currently looking for more information on this topic.
Couple of key pointers
Customers need to file for the SLA claim and provide the supporting evidence of the SLA failure.
Claims for service credits must be filed by customers within 30 calendar days from when the issue occurred that caused the named Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Service not to meet the applicable Service Commitment. Oracle will use commercially reasonable efforts to process claims within 60 days of Oracle’s receipt of a claim.
Types of SLA’s
OCI offers SLAs covering performance, availability and manageability.
Availability basically also referred to as Data Plane — services are in operation with uptime and connectivity commitments. Data plane is about the usage of the resources. Every service has at least a date plane, SLA.
Manageability also refers to as Control Plane SLA, it basically means ability to manage, monitor, and modify OCI resources, in short administration of OCI resources.
The third one is performance where services consistently perform as expected.
Brief list of Resources covered by the 3D SLA plane
OCI Status is available on the dashboard where you can view all the services listed by regions and confirm whether they are running or not running or if there is a prevalent incident affecting a particular service. Incident history worth 1 year is also displayed here.
If you’re using Support for the very first time, you have to trigger a set of steps. Beginning with, sign up for an Oracle Support account which is also referred to as My Oracle Support, MOS.
Oracle does not charge extra for Support, it is already part of your licensing agreement. You don’t pay that as you do with, let’s say, other cloud vendors, but you have to sign up for an Oracle Support account.
Customer– Support Identifier i.e. the CSI number, this is your unique identifier by which Oracle Support will engage with you on any support issues. So if you go to this particular link, you can see the different steps you have to follow to use support for the first time.
Only paid accounts can open service requests. Customers who are using Always Free resources are not eligible for Oracle Support. Limited support is available to Free Tier accounts with Free Trial credits. You have to change convert these into a pay-as-you-go account, and then you can access Support.
There are four or five different things you can you Support requests for.
Resolve Technical Issues – Cloud Customer Connect
Unlock / Reset / Change Account for Tenancy Administrator
Service Limit Increases
What do you primarily need while raising a Support request ?
For those who are not familiar with Nandos, it is one of our favourite food chains. It is a grilled chicken serving restaurant which lets you indulge in a variety of chicken dishes with a feeling that you are eating healthy as majority of the dishes are grilled. The restaurants have a good ambience, well sized portions and most importantly reasonably priced.
Coming to the Nando’s chain and brand, it is a South African restaurant chain that specialises in Portuguese-African food, such as peri-peri style chicken dishes. Founded in Johannesburg in 1987, Nando’s operates over 1000 outlets in 35 countries. Their logo is the famous Portuguese symbol, the Rooster of Barcelos.
A couple of weeks back after a quick registration on their site, Nando’s delivered a little fun kit with the marinade sauce, tissues, recipe card and a take way bag. On the recipe card was the step by step guide to one of my favourite dishes “PERi-PERi Wing Platter” which is described as “24 flame-grilled PERi-PERi wings” on the Nandos UK menu.
What is Peri-Peri ?
PERi-PERi, also known as the African Bird’s Eye Chilli, is the key to the flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken.
PERi-PERi chilli seeds are rich in Vitamins A, B, and C. They also have capsaicin, which enhances mood: your pupils dilate, your metabolic rate increases, and there’s a rush of endorphins when you consume it! PERi-PERi is also a natural preservative.
PERi-PERi when mixed with salt, garlic, lemon, onion, oil, and vinegar to goes on to make the signature sauce which is readily available at several retail stores.
12 Chicken wings
Nando’s Medium Peri-Peri sauce (125 ml bottle)
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp salt
Marination Time – 1 hour or overnight
What to do:
Put the wings in a bowl and rub all over with the Peri-Peri Sauce, salt and baking powder
Cover the bowl with clingfilm and put in the firge for at least 1 hour to marinate, or preferably overnight.
Pre – heat the oven to 180 degrees (not fan) or gas mark 4
Transfer the chicken wings to a roasting tray (image of a roasting tray below this recipe)
Cook for about 30 mins until the wings are just cooked.
Heat up a grill pan on the stove (or fire up your BBQ!)
When it’s smoking hot, put 6 wings in the grill pan
Leave the wings without moving them to get Nando’s unique grill marks.
Turn over once the skin has grill marks and repeat on the other side.
Generously brush over your chose Nando’s sauce on both sides
Turn the oven down to 100 degrees (under gas mark 1) and keep the grilled wings warm while you repeat with the remaining wings.
That is all folks, there you have it the Nando’s Peri-Peri Chicken Wings Recipe.
Just bumped into a wonderful blog, with like minded symphony of food, travel and delightm. Ciccinateland is a blog with an intriguing name.
First dashed to it’s “What is …” page to quench my intrigue. The interesting name has an explanation, and supposedly is “a brand-new Italian slang for delicious and high-fat food.”
The author is clearly upto to something different and there is a clear departure or intent to deviate from normal. This curiosity took me to the vivid pages which cover Venice, Verona, Manchester, China & Stockholm. Indeed, a variety.
I did run through the latest article about Venice and it presents a very interesting suggestion about gelato, something that has clearly eluded me. A side of Venice, personally would not stumble into. The vivid images prove a point that the author is sincere to his subject and did enjoy the variations of gelato to his/her heart’s content.
Look forward to more such content and twists on travel and food. Just one other remarkable thing about the blog, its content was completely translatable through a simple browser, so no user difficulties there. Please do like, share and subscribe the creativity – Ciccinateland.
Mangalorean Pork chilly is a spicy and typical side or starter dish which sends the taste buds racing. Much to my amazement, this dish is a signature manglorean / goan dish and the google search reflects that. There are definitely other references to Chinese and Bong variations. Chinese was a more sweeter variation. Sweet and meat do not go hand in hand for me.
One of the first time I tasted this amazing dish was my last trip to Mangalore and would highly recommend visiting Managala Bar, Mangalore. It serves and amazing pork chilly with a chilled beer with an amazing ambience. For more details there is a helpful zomato link below.
2 tablespoons soya sauce (Preferably Dark Soya Sauce)
1 tablespoon chilli sauce / schezwan sauce
Vinegar (1 tablespoon)
Optional : Garnish with spring Onion
What to do:
If you have the luxury of a friendly butcher ensure the meat pieces are cut into small chunks or use the favourite words “curry pieces” and wash. (Some butchers will magically know what you need)
After washing the meat, ensure the excess water is drained in the colander.
Transfer it to a glass vessel and add add ginger garlic paste, salt and vinegar and let it marinate for 30 minutes at the max overnight. Marinating some food too long can result in tough, dry, or poor texture.
After marination boil for 20 minutes adding very little water.
Optionally, once the meat cools down, if needed slice pork further into thin slices and keep aside.
In a pan with 3 tablespoons of oil, fry the thinly sliced onions, green bell pepper and green chillies and the flakes of garlic for 2 minutes. Once done keep aside.
Now in the same pan, add sufficient oil for a shallow fry, (for those who are little lost – shallow fry means the oil / fat covers only the lower part of the food in contact with the vessel.). Fry till the meat slices are light brown on both sides. Ensure the meat is cooked while wrapping up this stage.
Now it is time to bring everything together, in a seperate non stick vessel add the vegetables followed by the bafat powder, pepper powder and soya sauce and chilli sauce. Mix well. Cook on medium flame for 2 mins.
Add the fried meat to this saucy mixture and let it cook for 5 more minutes.
Recently stumbled on a very neat solution which compares pretty much all the options available in the market to transfer money from country to country and then produces a list of the best sites at real time. The market is flooded with options and you will be shocked to see that a good option on a particular day does not remain the same on the next day.
Firstly I would like to clearly callout this is not a paid review. Something I found really helpful and believe it help a lot of students or people who need to transfer for savings, maintenance or medical purposes.
“Monito is a comparison tool that enables people to find, compare and review money transfer services”
Monito search engine compares all the options and simply presents a neat view of the best options to tranfer money abroad and funny enough they do not transfer money at all and just give you links to the site.
Over and above they clearly call out the pesky promo codes which you need to hunt for ages. In short you are armed with the best options and this did save me a good amount of money and made me understand that the market.
A little sneak peak of the site –
Example : UK to India Transfer worth 1000 GBP
Other interesting views provided –
They are already covering 154 countries and over 300 providers which is a massive amount of content and value.
With their experience in the industry, they have launched the Monito Score, a composite evaluation based on 56 criteria organized in seven categories:
Fees & Exchange Rates
Ease of use
Credibility & Security
Service & Coverage
I must say I am simply in love with the solution they have delivered and very inspiring. Please do make use of it.
Money Transfer Promo Codes / Free Cash Offers
Referral Links which will give you a kick start for your tranfers with some free cash to start with.
Considering the overwhelming response to our first blog article on one of my favourite pasta recipes – Strozzapreti Pesto Rosso, it is only apt that we tempt your taste buds with another special one. An Italian chicken pasta preparation which adds to our another favourite to the collection. Most importanty can cook this beauty in under 8 to 10 minutes, with all the ingredients chopped & in hand.
Whenever I visit a Zizzi restaurant in the UK, my choice is pretty clear for mains it is reserved between two types of pastas and one rissoto. Call me predicatable. But they are clearly irrestiable. A quick peak into my “main” targets.
Strozzapretti Pesto Rosso – Spicy chicken, red pesto, mascarpone & spring onions.
Casereccia Pollo Piccante – Spicy harissa chicken in a creamy sauce with heritage tomatoes & spinach.
Risotto Pesce – King prawns, mussels & squid rings, with tomato, chilli & white wine.
Breaking Down the Recipe
Casareccia Pasta is a Sicilian twisted tube-shaped pasta. From the end, it looks like an “S.” Its shape catches and holds sauce very well. This helps to make it a particularly good pasta for baking, as there is less chance of it being dry.
Piccante represents spicy hot or sharp and I believe it used to refer to the roasted chilli half which is used to dress the dish finally.
Serves 1 :
200 gram Casareccia Pasta
Torn Cooked Spicy Chicken
5 Cherry Plum Tomatoes
10 gram Harissa Sauce
115ml Double Cream
Roasted Chilli Half
What to do:
Tear your chicken breast in to small pieces – and lightly coat with chilli paste (at times I make use of sirancha sauce or schezwan sauce, ensure it is used in moderation, as it will affect the taste of the dish).
For added flavour season the chicken with freshly ground pepper and a little salt.
In a pan, add the olive oil and sauté the chicken breast for about a minute or two. Ensure the chicken is cooked.
Take 200 gram casareccia pasta cook the same for 8 to 10 minutes seperately in boiled water with salt. Once it is cooked drain the pasta and mix with table spoon of olive oil in a strainer and leave to settle aside.
Add 5 cherry plum tomatoes and stir in the pan.
Add 10 gram harissa sauce and stir for a minute.
Add 115ml double cream and stir for a minute.
Mix all the ingredients together until the cream turns a nice orange colour
Add salt and paper to taste.
Reduce the sauce as per your favoured consistency.
Finally add the cooked pasta into the pan and add few leaves of spinach
Add a roasted chilli half to decorate the dish.
Voila! You have the beautiful Casereccia Pollo Piccante ready in under 10 minutes (if you have all the ingredients ready)
A service account is a special kind of account used by an application or a virtual machine (VM) instance, not a person. Applications use service accounts to make authorized API calls.
For instance, maybe you have an application running
in a virtual machine that needs to store data in Google Cloud
Storage, but you don’t want to let just anyone on the Internet have access
to that data, only that virtual machine.
So, you’d create a service account to authenticate
your VM to cloud storage. Service accounts are named with an email
But instead of passwords, they use cryptographic keys to access resources. This way the service account is the identity of the service, and the service account’s permissions control which resources the service can access.
A service account is identified by its email address, which is unique to the account.
Differences between a service account and a user account
Service accounts do not have passwords, and cannot log in via browsers or cookies.
Service accounts are associated with private/public RSA key-pairs that are used for authentication to Google.
Cloud IAM permissions can be granted to allow other users (or other service accounts) to impersonate a service account.
Service accounts are not members of your G Suite domain, unlike user accounts. For example, if you share assets with all members in your G Suite domain, they will not be shared with service accounts. Similarly, any assets created by a service account cannot be owned or managed by G Suite admins.
Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
If you are at higher risk for serious illness People at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild.
Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion or inability to arouse
Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Still, I am experiencing high temperature, flu like symptoms, and I’m afraid I might have the coronavirus infection. What should I do?
First of all, please remain calm and do not panic. If you have travelled internationally, or have come in contact with someone who has, please get yourself tested immediately at Kasturba Hospital.
First Appellate Officer: Dr. Shri. Shantaram B. Naik Joint Executive Health Officer email@example.com Phone: 24134560 Ext. 321 Public Health Department, F/ South Ward Office Building, 2 nd Floor, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Road Parel, Mumbai- 400 012
Public Information Officer: Dr.Shri. Chandrakant P. Pawar Medical Superintendent firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 23027700 Ext. 769 Kasturba Hospital Sane Guruji Marg, Mumbai – 400 011
What are the facilities at the hospital ?
For suspected COVID-19 cases, Kasturba Hospital has the following facilities:
are the private laboratories that are providing diagnostic tests for COVID-19.
However the websites are not featuring that information.
Whom do I contact for additional information ?
Citizens may contact the BMC helpline 1916 where specially trained staff and a medical officer will tend to their queries.
What measures has the BMC undertaken to prepare for the COVID-19 outbreak?
As a preventive measure, the BMC has readied OPD facilities, isolation ward facilities, ventilators and multi para-monitors at Kasturba Hospital. HBT Trauma Care Hospital, Kurla Bhabha Hospital, Bandra Bhabha Hospital, Rajawadi Hospital are also preparing isolation wards. The BMC has also procured the essential relief medication for suspected patients and sufficient quantities of preventive N95 masks (for its medical staff)