Oracle announced general availability of Oracle(R) Cluster File System Release 2 (OCFS 2), an enterprise-class open-source cluster file system that provides customers with a free alternative to expensive proprietary systems. The new release will be included as a standard component in Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Server distributions, making it easier for customers to hit the ground running with a pre-installed cluster file management solution.
“Oracle Cluster File System Release 2 delivers significant cluster file management improvements that help our customers reduce IT costs without compromising quality or performance,” said David Patrick, vice president and general manager, Linux, Open Source Platforms and Services at Novell. “Linux adoption in the enterprise continues to increase, thanks to the commitment and technology advancements made by companies like Oracle.”
OCFS 2 includes enhanced functionality that can significantly ease system management while improving performance. It allows all nodes in a cluster to access a file system concurrently, which dramatically simplifies the management of databases shared across a cluster. For Oracle Real Application Clusters customers, Release 2 eliminates the need to manage and set up raw disk devices, making cluster database administration markedly easier. The update also includes expanded capabilities to run non-database, standard file system operations, giving the new release additional value as a general-purpose file management ystem.
Members of OTN may immediately download a developer’s release of the OCFS Release 2 from http://otn.oracle.com . Additionally, OCFS Release 2 will be included in the Linux 2.6 kernel, and will be available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise 9. OCFS 2 will also be included with Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise 9 Service Pack 2.