Oracle has unveiled the Oracle Cloud File System, which may help partners to more rapidly deploy applications and databases in private clouds for customers. Oracle is charging $5,000 per processor, but Oracle File System is free if you're storing Oracle binaries, metadata, and diagnostic files.
The goal, apparently, is to apply the same kind of resource-pooling, real-time scaling, and network-accessing strategy to storage that's worked well for private cloud compute platforms like Eucalyptus. It even takes snapshots of files and file systems for backups and data protection and provides data tagging for fast file recovery.
Oracle's also promoting the rebalancing capabilities of the new Oracle Cloud File System, claiming that it's truly elastic and grows automatically and efficiently as new storage is introduced without the need for third party volume management software.
Oracle Senior VP of Product Development Angelo Pruscino had this to say on Cloud File System's launch:
"Oracle Cloud File System delivers all the components and characteristics necessary for customers to deploy a storage cloud. 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.”
So while TalkinCloud closely watches Oracle's cloud storage strategy for their ISV partners, it sounds like they've come up with a private cloud storage platform that channel partners can potentially put to good use.
But I think we're also ready to call it a trend: So far, 2011 has seen the launch or update of many cloud file systems, and no emerging standards as of yet.
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