Media Capture using Oracle Visual Builder for Facial Recognition App

Recently I built a Facial Recognition Mobile App using Oracle Visual Builder having set up the Facial recognition APIs using Tensorflow taking some inspiration from FaceNet. As highlighted above the app does the following: record a video of your face and send it to the API that generates various images and classifies them based on the label we provide at runtime. And in turn, invoke another API that is going to train the machine learning model to update the dataset with the new images and label provided. These two APIs will build a facial recognition Database. Once I have this, I can capture the face and compare that with the dataset I have captured earlier in my Facial recognition Database to output if the face exists in our system.

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Why we must cede to our robot overlords (to do the dull stuff)

Can I get a show of hands – whose spine shudders at the sound of their own phone ringing? If your hand is up, chances are a component of your role (or role in days gone by… the scarring can be permanent) involves operations. Day or night, it’s that dread associated with wondering “What now?”. A few years back, enterprise started outsourcing the problem of supporting key business systems to 3rd party services, and while this reduced the quantityof calls, it only served to increase the quality – now when the phone rings at 3am, you know things are bad. Real bad.

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Getting started with OCI Traffic Management

Over the past week, Oracle has soft-launched a range of new services that leverage the capabilities of our Dyn investment to offer a significant enhancement to the native Edge management capabilities of our second generation cloud. These services include:

  • Traffic Management Steering Policies
  • Health Checks (Edge)
  • Web Application Firewall

I’ll reserve my discussion on the Web Application Firewall for a later post, but what I’d like to discuss today is Traffic Management, and how it can be leveraged to deploy, control and optimise globally dispersed application services for your Enterprise.

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Oracle Cloud Infrastructure OCI Gen-2 Cloud Security – Part V (Edge Security Services)

So far, I have discussed generic concepts, IAM, Networking and Key Management pertaining to OCI Gen-2 Cloud. In this part I am going to discuss the Edge Security Service that is available in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure OCI Gen-2 Cloud. OCI Edge Dyn Security services protect Applications and APIs in the multi-cloud environments.

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First experience with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Registry (OCIR)

In my early experiences with docker, I successfully containerised a few simple Node.js applications as per some of my older blog posts (refer Exploring GitHub, DockerHub and OCCS and the MedRec Hands -On Labs section). As is often the case in the modern IT landscape some software (eg OCCS) falls out of favour as more industry support rallies around new capabilities such as Kubernetes. Oracle has thrown its support behind Kubernetes and has brought to market a capability called Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes (OKE). OKE can be described as, ” A developer friendly, container-native, and enterprise-ready managed Kubernetes service for running highly available clusters with the control, security, and predictable performance of Oracle’s Cloud Infrastructure.” A benefit of leveraging this capability is you don’t have to install, configure and patch the Kubernetes environment you leave that to Oracle which allows you to focus on using the Kubernetes capabilities to deploy and run your container native applications. Essentially, with OKE you get the latest Kubernetes updates which helps you remain compatible with the CNCF ecosystem without the management and administrative overhead. OKE is integrated with your Oracle Cloud Infrastructure tenancy, and the good news is that Oracle doesn’t charge for OKE, you simply pay for the infrastructure you use for worker nodes and any storage requirements that you need to support your containerised application deployments.

In addition to OKE, Oracle also provides a private registry known as Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Registry (OCIR) for your container images. OCIR is, “a highly available private container registry service for storing and sharing container images within the same regions as the deployments. An integrated, performant platform offering, where users can store their container images easily. Access to push and pull images with the Docker CLI, or images can be pulled directly into a Kubernetes deployment”. You can use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Registry as a private Docker registry for internal use, pushing and pulling Docker images to and from the Registry using the Docker V2 API and the standard Docker command line interface (CLI). You can also use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Registry as a public Docker registry, enabling any user with internet access and knowledge of the appropriate URL to pull images from public repositories in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Registry. In each region that is enabled for your tenancy, you can create up to 500 repositories in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Registry. Each repository can hold up to 500 images. In this post I have recorded the steps to interact with OCIR.

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Oracle Cloud Infrastructure OCI Gen-2 Cloud Security – Part IV (Key Management)

So far, I have discussed generic security concepts, IAM and Networking pertains to OCI Gen-2 Cloud. In this part I am going to discuss the Key Management Service that is available in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure OCI Gen-2 Cloud.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Key Management Service OCI KMS is a managed service that provides you with centralized management of the encryption of your data. KMS can be used to create master encryption keys and data encryption keys. KMS helps to rotate keys to generate new cryptographic material, enable or disable keys for use in cryptographic operations, assign keys to resources, and use keys for encryption and decryption.

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Oracle Cloud Infrastructure OCI Gen-2 Cloud Security – Part III (Networking)

In my previous blog posts, I have discussed the generic security concepts and Identity and Access Management in OCI. This part of the series discusses OCI Networking Service. Its concepts and best practices for securing networks in OCI.

High-throughput and reliable networking is fundamental to public-cloud infrastructure that delivers compute and storage services at scale. As a result, Oracle has invested significant innovation in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure networking to support requirements of enterprise customers and their workloads. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure regions have been built with a state-of-the-art, non-blocking Clos network that is not over-subscribed and provides customers with a predictable, high-bandwidth, low latency network. The data centers in a region are networked to be highly available and have low-latency connectivity between them.

In this post, I will go into depth on the components that make up the networking layer, and the security rules which can be applied to them.

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