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October 16, 2017

“Get rid of the file system” is an audacious statement to say the least. Eliminating a 50 year-old pillar of computing technology? In a simple word—yes! The file system was designed back when managing half a megabyte of data was considered high tech.


By using the Oracle database in unique and unprecedented ways, AsterionDB has transformed the outdated, insecure, and traditional file system and with it the static file names that are easily exploited by hackers, viruses, and ransomware.


To do so AsterionDB had to solve the conundrum of how to store structured (defined data such as dates, names, and IDs) and unstructured data (such as rich media) together in the same architecture. But there’s more to it than that; a comprehensive solution must also be able to work with the unstructured data natively at the data layer.


To that end AsterionDB has patented the technology enabling the streaming of unstructured data from databases. It is now possible, for example, to stream high definition video directly from a database instance in the Oracle Cloud or even on premises. In addition, AsterionDB has created a file-system gateway that eliminates static filenames by generating unique filenames on-the-fly which can then be referenced either internally within the database or externally as needed.


Steve Guilford, CEO/CTO of AsterionDB elaborates: “Turning the database into an atypical file system allows us to eliminate the ubiquitous, static filename. We have created a unique data storage architecture that by nature thwarts hackers, ransomware, and viruses. Here’s a simple example: All of your PDFs are stored in the database; when a hacker, virus or ransomware goes searching your file system looking for PDFs to steal or infect, they don’t find anything. We have created an architectural paradigm shift that stops the propagation of viruses and ransomware while removing the roadmap used by hackers and cyber-criminals. Furthermore, the architecture is robust enough to detect these intrusions and trigger an alert.”


Designed by and for Oracle programmers, AsterionDB’s solutions can produce proof of concept systems in a matter of days. AsterionDB will be showcasing this technology at Oracle OpenWorld 2017, booth 5324 Moscone West, October 2nd through the 4th.

About AsterionDB: AsterionDB is an Oracle Partner. We trace our history back over 25 years to when we were called Minglewood Data Systems, selling telecommunications solutions in the Oracle Marketplace.

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