Cloud FS is not the first cluster-file-system-based offering from Oracle. The company also manages the open-source Lustre project. Lustre, however, is more suitable for large HPC (high-performance computing) deployments consisting of 1,000 servers or more, Thome said. Cloud FS is better suited to smaller deployments, those around 25 nodes or so, though it has been tested to work with up to 100 nodes.
With Lustre, "you can do a lot of the same things, but it is not for the faint of heart. It takes a lot of configuration and setup. It's not the kind of thing you would do on a small scale," Thome said.
The Oracle Cloud FS can run on Sparc- and x86-based servers running Solaris or Linux, on PowerPC-based servers running IBM's AIX operating system, and on x86-based Windows servers.
The price for the Cloud FS package is US$5,000 per Oracle processor, Oracle's pricing mechanism for multicore processors.