Oracle Introduces Cloud File System for Private Clouds

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The platform delivers advanced cluster file system capabilities for storage clouds.

To help organizations deploy their applications, databases and storage in the cloud, Oracle has introduced the Cloud File System, giving businesses a platform that extends cloud characteristics to their storage by enabling more effective storage pooling through a network-accessible elastic storage cloud.

The Cloud File System is available now and is priced at $5,000 per processor. It is available free of charge for storing Oracle software binaries, metadata and diagnostic files, according to a company release.

The Cloud File System comprises the following features: Automatic Storage Management Cluster File System and Oracle Automatic Storage Management Dynamic Volume Manager. The cluster file system is a general-purpose cluster file system for storing all files including Oracle and non-Oracle related files. It snapshots and restores files on demand to protect important files from human error, replicates files for disaster protection, provides fine-grain access security and data encryption, and supports file tags for file management.

The dynamic volume manager provides volume management support for the cluster file system and other third-party file systems such as Linux ext3. This allows administrators to store all file system data, including third-party file system data, in Automatic Storage Management and take advantage of its inherent performance, availability and manageability benefits.

Cloud File System takes advantage of Automatic Storage Management to automate the striping and mirroring of data without the need for third-party volume management software. This feature enables elastic storage environments through its ability to add disks as data volumes increase, including restriping and rebalancing of data across disks for optimized performance.

According to the National Institute of Standards, three key characteristics of a cloud are resource pooling, broad network accessibility and rapid elasticity. Oracle said customers seeking to transition from a traditional computing model to a cloud computing environment should consider the Cloud File System for providing shared pooled storage with unified namespace for applications, operational files and user files and accessing storage either directly over a storage network or over traditional networks.

"Oracle Cloud File System's advanced and automated data management capabilities help to simplify storage pooling across files, middleware and applications in a cloud," said Daniel Smith, senior database administrator at Carfax. "In addition, Oracle Automatic Storage Management Cluster File System replication coupled with Oracle Data Guard provides a complete disaster recovery solution for database files, external files and all other general-purpose files in the operating system." 

Other applications the system can offer is the ability to grow, shrink and migrate storage pools while applications are online, and it provides advanced data management and security features, including snapshots and replication of files and file systems for backups and disaster protection, data access security and encryption to protect from security threats and aggregate management operations via file tags.

"Oracle Cloud File System delivers all the components and characteristics necessary for customers to deploy a storage cloud," said Angelo Pruscino, senior vice president of product development at Oracle. "Organizations can move beyond expensive and difficult-to-manage and -scale hardware and storage silos to a highly available, scalable cloud environment that adapts to change in workloads to meet their service-level objectives. Oracle customers can begin down the path to a cloud storage environment today with the Oracle Cloud File System."