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Oracle Ships Update to Its Internet File System

Dec 19, 2000, 21:59 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marty Pitts)

"Features Partnerships With Symantec, ValiCert and TIBCO; Adds to XML, Java and WebDAV Support."

By Marty Pitts, Linux Today

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 hardware platforms.

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