Posted on September 30, 2014 by Jonathan Hult
This year's Oracle OpenWorld is all about cloud. Our own Brent Seaman just wrote an article entitled, Oracle Cloud Services – What is the deal? About a week and a half ago, Oracle officially released Oracle Documents Cloud Service (also known as Oracle Documents, or ODCS / DCS for short) for General Availability. ODCS is a cloud-based file sharing and collaboration solution.
ODCS offers a simplified, yet robust, security model which allows sharing documents with internal and external users (something that WebCenter Content typically struggles with).
ODCS is what Oracle is deeming Hybrid Enterprise Content Management (ECM). ODCS is built on top of Oracle WebCenter Content (sharing roughly 90% of the code base) and offers integration with On-Premise WebCenter Content instances.
System administrators can control the types and maximum size of files that can be stored in ODCS. Storage limits may also be set for individual users.
Oracle provides automatic backups to ensure your data is recoverable in the event of a failure. Oracle also provides enterprise grade encryption both at rest and in transit. Data is completely isolated and secure with separate database schemas and identity domains being used for each tenant.
ODCS provides the ability to set different levels of access for different users and create public or private links to share internally or externally.
When files are uploaded to ODCS, they are checked by a virus scanner. Any files found to be infected are quarantined in the Trash bin and a special icon marks the file as infected.
When accessing ODCS on a mobile device, you can set a passcode (used in addition to your user name and password) to provide additional security. Any files that you download to your device are encrypted and you can't access those files outside of the ODCS app unless you specifically download the file for use on the device.
Similar to Content Tracker in WebCenter Content, ODCS provides reporting on document access and storage statistics.
ODCS provides an embeddable UI which provides document management features for other web applications in a ready-to-use interface.
ODCS also provides a robust REST API which allows the creation of browser-based client applications to interact with folders and files stored on ODCS.
If additional space or users are needed, ODCS scales seamlessly behind the scences. No longer are system administrators required to put in more ZFS storage or upgrade their RAM and CPU.
In the fast evolving world of computers, one user interface no longer suffices. ODCS provides multiple access methods including browser, desktop and mobile.
ODCS provides a modern browser user interface that is easy to use.
The following browsers are supported:
The desktop sync client is one of the neatest features of ODCS.
A user may select the files and folders they wish to synchronize and the devices (desktop, mobile) they wish to synchronize on. Files and folders will then be automatically synchronized in the background ensuring that the latest changes are always in the repository.
Below is a short video demoing the Sync client capabilities.
As with any new product, there are a few known issues which can be found here.
Stay tuned for a more in-depth review of ODCS in the coming month. Also, be sure to watch the Cloud Services for the Modern Enterprise keynote by Thomas Kurian, Executive Vice President of Product Development.
Jonathan Hult - Enterprise Architect