Oracle has announced the
latest release of its Internet File System. The company says this
latest version provides a multi-level security model that ensures
the security, safety and integrity of documents within the file
system, and allows developers to more easily write and deploy
Internet-based applications in Java and XML.
Oracle Internet File System is an extensible file system for
managing and accessing content, regardless of location or format,
via the Internet. According to the company, this will provide
businesses with superior security by ensuring only authorized
database users can access raw content stored in the database. By
making access control a function of the repository rather than the
protocol or application, Oracle Internet File System enables access
to be evaluated and enforced in a consistent manner and prevents
users from circumventing security via alternative methods.
Oracle also announced that it is partnering with Symantec, to
provide a broad range of additional Internet security features.
Symantec is integrating its upcoming CarrierScan Server 2.0
anti-virus software into Oracle Internet File System.
"As a leader in Internet security technology, it is logical that
Symantec partner with Oracle to deliver comprehensive protection
for Oracle Internet File System," said Dana Siebert, executive vice
president, Symantec Corporation. "Direct integration of our
anti-virus solution with Oracle Internet File System provides a
higher level of performance and ease of implementation not usually
found in ad hoc solutions."
The update of Oracle Internet File System also offers developers
the flexibility to extend the file system for e-business
applications using the Java-based application programming interface
(API), as well as the standard Internet languages Java, eXtensible
Markup Language (XML) and Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML). Taking
advantage of built-in content management features such as
searching, versioning, check-in/check-out and event notification,
developers no longer need to write or maintain their own code for
these functions, allowing them to focus on higher-level application
features. Oracle Internet File System also allows developers to
write Internet-based applications in standard languages including
Java and XML, so applications can be written for the Web.
Another feature this release supports is the Web Distributed
Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV), which allows users to
collaboratively edit and manage files across the Internet. As a
lightweight communications layer, Oracle says WebDAV provides a
stronger avenue for traffic across the Internet than Microsoft
Windows. WebDAV clients connect directly to Oracle Internet File
System, where users can drag and drop content, edit content in
place, and publish it directly from the database.
Oracle included in the announcement partnerships with ValiCert,
a provider of online business transaction solutions and TIBCO
Software, a provider of real-time e-business software.
Oracle's Internet File System is available now, free-of-charge,
as part of Oracle8i, Release 3 on all major UNIX, Windows and Linux
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