SecureFiles was first introduced in Oracle Database 11g, and enables a major paradigm shift for storing and managing files. SecureFiles provides the best solution for storing file content such as images, audio, video, PDFs, spreadsheets etc. Traditionally, relational data is stored in a database while unstructured data is stored as files in file systems. SecureFiles is specifically engineered to deliver high performance for file data comparable to that of traditional file systems while retaining the advantages of Oracle Database. SecureFiles offers the best-of-both-worlds architecture from both the database and filesystem worlds for storing unstructured data. With SecureFiles, Oracle has perfected the use of the database for storage of all enterprise data.
Key Technical Advantages
SecureFiles is designed for high performance and includes advanced features typically found in high-end file systems.
In addition to these advanced file system features, SecureFiles can take advantage of several advanced Oracle Database capabilities such as:
Transactions, Read Consistency, Flashback
100% Backward Compatibility with LOB Interfaces
Readable Standby, Consistent Backup, Point in Time Recovery
Fine Grained Auditing, Label Security
XML indexing, XML Queries, XPath
Real Application Clusters
Automatic Storage Management
Partitioning and ILM
Data stored in SecureFiles can be accessed through both database and file system clients. SecureFiles interfaces are completely backward with LOB interfaces. More information on using SecureFiles and Migration can be found here.