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Announcing File Storage Service UI 2.0

Mona Khabazan
Principal Product Manager

As part of our continued investment in enhancing the management of your file systems, we are excited to announce the revamped console for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure File Storage. File Storage UI 2.0 is redesigned for better usability and access to advanced features. Based upon your feedback, you can now navigate directly to your mount targets rather than accessing them from file systems. Additionally, you can set NFS Export Options in the Oracle Cloud console to configure security controls, governing who can access which file systems behind the same mount target in multitenant environments.

The remainder of this post provides a brief description of File Storage, a walkthrough of the new navigation model, and information about configuring NFS Export Options in the updated UI.

File Storage Overview

File Storage (also referred to as FSS) is a fully managed, network-attached storage that offers high scalability, high durability, and high availability for your data in any Oracle Cloud Infrastructure availability domain. File Storage provides the reliability and consistency of traditional NFS filers and offers enterprise-grade file systems that can scale up in the cloud without any upfront provisioning. You can start with a file system that contains only a few kilobytes of data and grows to 8 exabytes of data. File Storage is a fully managed service, so you don't have to worry about capacity planning, software upgrades, security patches, hardware installation, and storage maintenance again. You pay only for your capacity stored monthly; you stop paying as soon as you delete your data.

File Storage supports NFS version 3 along with Network Lock Manager (NLM) protocol for the locking mechanism to provide POSIX semantics. You can also use the NFS client on Windows to access File Storage. File Storage protects your data by maintaining multiple replicas locally along with the encryption and the ability to take frequent snapshots. Mount targets are the NFS endpoints in your subnet of choice for accessing your file system. You can create 100 file systems behind every mount target, then use NFS Export Options to set permissions on a file system basis for read or read/write access, limit root user access, require connection from a privileged port, or completely deny access to some clients.

UI Walkthrough

After you sign in to the console, under Core Infrastructure, select File Storage. From there, you can choose to view the list of your file systems or your mount targets.

Now, let's create a new file system and a mount target, and export the file system for accessing. For that, click Create File System.

In the creation dialog box, all the necessary values are preselected so that you can create all the components in one click. You can always change the default values by clicking Edit Details

Now that your file system and mount target are successfully created and exported, you can view the details of your file system.

To access this file system, you need to install the NFS client on your bare metal or virtual machine instances. To find the right command, in the Exports section, click to view Mount Commands. Select an OS from the list. Additionally, remember to open the required security ports in your mount target subnet to allow traffic before attempting to mount.  

Moreover, you can always view the details of your mount target such as its virtual cloud network (VCN) and subnet information, as well as the availability domain and the IP address needed for accessing file systems, exported behind this mount target. You can associate up to 100 file systems behind every mount target. Reported Size and Reported Inodes are modifiable values for the installation and configuration of some applications such as Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle VM. However, these are not hard quotas and changing them does not limit the free space available to any file systems associated with this mount target. In other words, each file system can still grow to 8 exabytes. 

NFS Export Options

By creating a new export, you can associate more file systems with this mount target. Configure NFS Export Options on every export to govern which NFS clients can or cannot access which file systems for enhanced security and access control. 

We plan to add more features and capabilities to the File Storage UI throughout the year. Stay connected for more announcements of future enhancements that will streamline your storage management experience. Please share your feedback on how I can ease your storage management by sending your feature requests to mona.khabazan@oracle.com.

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