Oracle 11gR2 ASM and ACFS – Cloud File System License
I sense the confusion between Oracle users running Oracle Grid Infrastructure 11gR2 with Automatic Storage Management (ASM) and Automatic Storage Management Cluster File System (ACFS) about the new license policy from Oracle. Oracle introduced a new all in one license called Cloud File System. Since this new Oracle licensing policy is not so straight forward, I’ll try to put some light on the topic. But first let’s see what Oracle Cloud File System itself is.
Oracle Cloud File System is a new branding that bundles already existing Oracle 11gR2 software products like Oracle Clusterware, ASM and ACFS with some extras. Oracle Cloud File System allows managing general purpose files stored outside an Oracle Database across multiple operating system platforms with one management interface, one set of installation and configuration tools, one Clusterware framework and a single vendor for support and troubleshooting. Oracle Cloud File System is currently supported on Linux, Windows, Solaris and AIX.
Oracle Cloud File System includes
– Automatic Storage Management (ASM)
– ASM Dynamic Volume Manager (ADVM)
– ASM Cluster File System (ACFS)
– ACFS File tagging for aggregate operations
– ACFS Read-only snapshots
– ACFS Continuous replication
– ACFS Encryption
– ACFS Role-based security
– Oracle Clusterware (in support of ASM and ACFS)
and is a standalone product (since 126.96.36.199).
So while it is mainly based on ACFS it does not mean ACFS is totally renamed.
Do I need an Oracle Cloud File System license when using ACFS?
A restricted user license for the Oracle Cloud File System (pure ACFS) is included with all Oracle database editions when storing database-related configuration files. These include Oracle database software binaries and home directories, Oracle database software administrative files, and diagnostic files. You must license Oracle Cloud File System to manage non-Oracle database files which includes data files, binaries, administrative files and diagnostic files. So saving files related to the database (like Oracle Home) on it is included, and does not require licensing of Oracle Cloud File System.
Also since Oracle does not charge customers for products they already used, if you are for example on Linux and used ACFS from Oracle 11gR2 (188.8.131.52), then you may still use ACFS as you used it before (but without Tagging, Replication, Snapshot, and Encryption).
Where can I find Oracle Cloud File System?
Oracle Cloud File System is included in Oracle Grid Infrastructure 11g Release 2 patch set 184.108.40.206.
You can download it from support.oracle.com