February 7, 2011 – Oracle has released new cloud file system programs that extend pooling and storage capabilities previously only offered for conventional database deployments.
Oracle Cloud File System uses storage management features offered in Oracle’s databases, and is aimed at organizations putting together in-house clouds or testing cloud applications ahead of external deployment, says director of product management, Bob Thome.
“There are always some file system files that are part of a database deployment, so we had users telling us, ‘You know, you’ve kind of done half the story for me. Can you help me out with the other half?’”
The cloud file system has two elements: Oracle Automatic Storage Management Cluster File System, a general purpose system for replication and protection; and Oracle Automatic Storage Management Dynamic Volume Manager, a data management and storage component.
As in its databases, Automatic Storage Management in the new cloud system takes files and divides their storage over a pool of disks. When capacity needs to be added, those files are redistributed in the disks, which Thome says eliminates data bottlenecks.
Data is automatically mirrored and users can then tag the information with attributes to enhance grouping of similar or related items, says Thome.
The file system can be layered on top of another file system, though that limits the capability to cluster data across the server, according to an Oracle news release on the announcement.
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