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NFS and DBFS are tested so these are fine. General purpose file systems should be OK as long as they have reasonable performance and support large files. I don't believe OCFS or ACFS are tested so I wouldn't recommend these; ACFS may not actually support the file types required for the software library.
I don't see any certification for the Software Library File System. The recommendation is that the File System be accessible to all the OMS'. I have only one but Oracle recommends a Shared File System so in the event you add a new OMS, the transition will be easier. You say NFS and DBFS are tested. Does this mean that people, possible yourself, have tested these FS or does it mean that Oracle has tested these FS? If the latter than where is this documentation?
Does the Shared FS need to be a Clustered FS? I don't believe so but I thought I'd ask.
Lastly, I am not very familiar with DBFS. I watched video and it seems difficult to manage. What are the Pro's and Con's of NFS vs DBFS? I found a post from Frits Hoogland Weblog, could you address this in your pro's and con's. Are there any other options for Shared FS?
Frits Hoogland Weblog
July 27, 2011 at 12:11 am
we’ve got another use of dbfs (currently oracle content services):
- +10 billion files
- a large tier based infrastructure accessing these files
- a mass of postprocessing instances doing signal analysis and postprocessing
- client, role and user based security restrictions on folders (in nearly 2.000.000 folders)
- easy role based access by application servers in the name of special or registered users (where these restrictions impact file access etc.)
- webservice interfaces, ftp and of course native client interface
dbfs is nice to have for such environments but it’s “search” performance is not a big benefit in case of massive data updates/inserts. everything will be indexed and therefore the ocs/dbfs locks entries, locks security tables for updates etc. pp. and this takes a lot(!) of time. (“for update wait X” statements are such a performance killer…)
if you sipmly need a file system capable of storing files, restrictions etc. and accessing by applications (in userspace with multiple roles) like webservice etc. but don’t need to search for every attribute of these files/folders then dbfs is just the wrong decision.
Oracle has tested accessing the software library from NFS storage, and I believe DBFS has been tested, as well. A cluster file system is not required; I would have to ask QA if any testing was done using OCFS2 of ACFS. See the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Administration Guide 12c Release 2 (188.8.131.52 manual for details on software library storage.
You can also search Help->Enterprise Manager Help from the EM console for al ot of the same info.
Check here for info about DBFS: