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Oracle gives nod to Red Hat file system

Database giant certifies the software company's Global File System, which up to 300 servers can share, for its database products.

SAN FRANCISCO--Oracle has certified the use of Red Hat's Global File System (GFS) with its database products, the companies said Monday here at the Oracle OpenWorld conference. GFS lets as many as 300 servers share the same file system--the software that governs how information is stored--in conjunction with Oracle's Real Application Clusters (RAC) technology.

GFS is supported on EMC and Network Appliance's storage systems, Red Hat said. Oracle has its own open-source competitor to GFS, called the Oracle Cluster File System. The company released version 2 of the software in August and announced that the product would be a standard component of Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server.