Oracle Cloud File System
Oracle Cloud File System
Overview
Customer Benefits
To help organizations deploy their applications, databases
and storage in the cloud.
When Oracle Cloud File System and the Automatic Storage
Management features of the Oracle Database are
combined, they deliver one solution for managing all
business data, application binaries and personal data in
your cloud infrastructure.
Oracle Cloud File System
Oracle Cloud File System is designed to manage general purpose files
stored outside of an Oracle database across multiple operating system
platforms with one management interface, one set of installation and
configuration tools, one clusterware framework and a single vendor for
support and troubleshooting. It eliminates the need for 3rd party volume
managers and file systems.
Managing All Data in the Cloud
Oracle Cloud File System is tightly integrated with the Automatic Storage
Management features of the Oracle Database. Together they deliver one
Leveraging Automatic Storage Management
The Automatic Storage Management features of the Oracle
Database are leveraged to consolidate and easily provision
pooled storage resources for all volumes and file systems
to:

Simplify and automate storage management

Increase storage utilization, uptime and agility

Deliver predictable performance and availability
solution for managing all business data, application binaries and personal
data in a cloud infrastructure. Oracle customers will benefit from a single
integrated solution instead of dealing with the complexities of managing
different software layers from different vendors.
Managing General Purpose Files
Oracle Cloud File System includes Automatic Storage Management
Cluster File System, a general-purpose cluster file system that provides a
unified namespace for managing file data not stored in an Oracle
Database.
Volume Management Platform of Choice
Oracle Cloud File System includes Automatic Storage Management
Dynamic Volume Manager. It provides system administrators with
volume management services and a standard device driver interface for
managing volumes cross different operating system platforms. Automatic
Storage Management Cluster File System and other 3 rd party file systems
can use it to create and manage general purpose file systems. An
Automatic Storage Management Dynamic Volume can be easily resized
to adapt to the storage needs of the file system without taking it off-line,
thus increasing availability and uptime.
Integrated Data Services and Security Features
Oracle Cloud File System includes the integrated data
services of the Automatic Storage Management Cluster
File System. These include:

Snapshots: Recover from inadvertent modification or
deletion of files from a file system.
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Tagging: Associate one or more files together as a group
by assigning a unique ‘tag name’ attribute.
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Replication: Replicate an Automatic Storage
Management Cluster File Systems across the network
from a primary to a standby site for disaster recovery.
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Security: Provide fine grained access control
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Encryption: Encrypt data stored on disk (data-at-rest) and
provides secured encryption keys to decode data.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What role does Automatic Storage Management play in the
Oracle Cloud File System?
What is Oracle Cloud File System?
Automatic Storage Management is a key feature of the Oracle
Database. It provides automatic storage management and
optimization features ideally suited for data stored in an Oracle
Database. It complements the Oracle Cloud File System to
provide a consolidated storage management foundation for
creating dynamic volumes and cluster file systems for all the
data in your cloud environment.
Oracle Cloud File System is an industry standard general
purpose volume manager and a cluster file system for
managing general purpose file data stored outside an Oracle
Database. When combined with the Automatic Storage
Management features of the Oracle Database, they deliver the
network accessibility, rapid elasticity and easy storage
provisioning that are requirements for cloud computing.
What are the key components of the Oracle Cloud File
System?
Oracle Cloud File System includes Oracle’s Automatic Storage
Management Dynamic Volume Manager and Automatic
Storage Management Cluster File System.
What is Automatic Storage Management Dynamic Volume
Manager?
It provides the volume management services for Automatic
Storage Management Cluster File System and 3rd party file
systems. With Automatic Storage Management Dynamic
Volume Manager, multiple dynamic volumes can be created in
an Automatic Storage Management disk group.
What is Automatic Storage Management Cluster File
System?
Automatic Storage Management Cluster File System is an
industry standard general-purpose cluster file system. It allows
you to manage file data stored outside of an Oracle Database
using native operating application programming interfaces and
command line tools familiar to system administrators. The
Automatic Storage Management Cluster File System is created
on top of an Automatic Storage Management Dynamic
Volume.
What are the benefits of Oracle Cloud File System?
Oracle Cloud File System is designed to simplify the
management of general purpose file data stored outside of an
Oracle Database. It eliminates the need for 3rd party cluster
file systems and volume managers.
Together Oracle Cloud File System and Automatic Storage
Management provide one solution for managing all business
data, application binaries and personal data in your cloud
infrastructure. The combined benefits include the ability to
create and provision elastic pooled storage, resource sharing
and data consolidation. It automates tedious storage
administration tasks and reduces storage waste to lower total
cost of ownership.
Do I need to be an Oracle Database user or DBA to deploy
Oracle Cloud File System?
No. New installation and configuration tools have been
developed to allow Oracle Cloud File System to be deployed
independent of Oracle databases. This provides the flexibility
required for aligning roles and responsibilities inside
organizations where system administrators are tasked with
managing infrastructure software such as Automated Storage
Manager while DBAs continue to have responsibility for
Oracle Database installation and configuration.
What data services and security features are integrated in
Automatic Storage Management Cluster File System?
Automatic Storage Management Cluster File System provides
integrated snapshot, replication, tagging, security and
encryption services.
What are Automatic Storage Management Cluster File
System Snapshots?
Automated Storage Management Cluster File System
snapshots are a read-only on-line, space efficient, point-in-time
copy of the file system. They can be used to recover from
inadvertent modification or deletion of files from a file system.
A snapshot can also be used as the point-in-time source for a
file system backup, as it can be created on demand to deliver a
current, consistent, on-line view of an active file system.
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What is Automatic Storage Management Cluster File
System Tagging?
What is Automatic Storage Management Cluster File
System Encryption?
Tagging allows a user to associate one or more files together as
a group by assigning a unique ‘tag name’ attribute. This allows
group operations to be performed based on tagged files that
may span across different directories within Automated
Storage Management Cluster File System within a single node
or a cluster. Different groups of tagged files (e.g. ‘medical
imaging’, ‘photo album’, etc) may be replicated as groups of
related files. Automated Storage Management Cluster File
System Tagging complements the replication of database files
usng Oracle Data Guard as a complete DR solution.
It enables users to encrypt data stored on disk (data-at-rest) and
provides secured encryption keys to decode data.
What is Automatic Storage Management Cluster File
System Replication?
Automatic Storage Management Cluster File System
Replication enables administrators to replicate file systems
across the network from a primary to a standby site, providing
disaster recovery capability for the file system. Both the
primary and standby sites can be standalone or cluster systems.
A primary site for one file system can be the standby site for a
different file system and vice-versa.
How does Automatic Storage Management Cluster File
System Replication work?
Automatic Storage Management Cluster File System
Replication captures file system changes on the primary site
and records the changes in files called replication logs. These
logs are transported to the standby site asynchronously where
background processes read the logs and apply the changes
recorded in the logs to the standby file system. After the
changes recorded in a replication log have been successfully
applied to the standby file system, the replication log is deleted
on both the primary and standby sites.
What is Automatic Storage Management Cluster File
System Security?
Automatic Storage Management Cluster File System Security
is used to protect sensitive file system data from internal and
external threats by providing fine grained access control on top
of the access control provided by the operating system.
How is this different than Oracle Advanced Security and
Transparent Data Encryption?
The key difference is Automatic Storage Management Cluster
File System Encryption is encrypting file data stored in an
Automatic Storage Management Cluster File System whereas
Oracle Advanced Security encrypts data stored in an Oracle
database.
What Operating Systems does Oracle Cloud File System
support?
Oracle Cloud File System is currently supported on Linux,
Windows, Solaris and AIX.
How is Oracle Cloud File System licensed?
A restricted use license for the Oracle Cloud File System is
included with all Oracle Database editions when storing
database-related configuration files. These include Oracle
Database software binaries and home directories, Oracle
Database software administrative files, and Oracle Database
software diagnostic files. You must license Oracle Cloud File
System to manage non-Oracle Database files which includes
data files, binaries, administrative files and diagnostic files.
Where can I download Oracle Cloud File System?
Oracle Cloud File System is included in Oracle Database 11g
Release 2 patch set 11.2.0.2. Please login to
support.oracle.com to download the 11.2.0.2 Grid
Infrastructure for your OS platform (this will include Oracle
Cloud File System). If you don't have a service contract with
Oracle already, please contact your sale representative for
assistance.
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