I found his that gives some context between DBFS and OFS.
On Wed, Jun 12, 2019 at 5:32 PM Tim Hall <tim@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Oracle iFS got replaced. :)
If you really want to put things into a DB, it's really easy. Of course
there are Web Services, but you can actually do it directly using DBFS and
DBFS in 11g started this path.
WebDav support in DBFS improved and became easy in 12.1
Although DBFS is still a thing, there is also now OFS, which is like an
evolution of DBFS.
I know others have given words or warning. I would just like to add
another. When you put stuff in the DB it becomes part of your backups. At
first that sounds like a great idea, as the contents of the DB and the
"filesystem" stay consistent to a point in time. That does come with a
price though. One of our projects stores student applications in the DB. In
the event of a PITR of the database we potentially lose application forms.
That's a problem. On reflection, they would have preferred to store them on
a file store and keep the DB separate. That way, in the event of a DB PITR
the latest application forms can be picked up from the filestore and
someone can manually "reapply" for them... It's quite a specific problem,
but worth keeping in mind if a PITR and associated loss of documents
represents an issue for you.
A couple of years ago Thomas Kurian said something to the tune of, "Why
would you store documents in a database?", in an ACED briefing. I mentioned
this to the DBFS/OFS folks and they were no best pleased. :)
On Wed, Jun 12, 2019 at 2:56 PM Hemant K Chitale <hemantkchitale@xxxxxxxxx>
What happened to Oracle iFS ? I used it in 8i and 9i and Context
Indexes against documents. I had heard that it went to something called
Hemant K Chitale