A few months ago, I bumped into an interesting beta product named Oracle Drive. Meanwhile the production release is available and I started experimenting with it.
This piece of software enables you to map a WebDav folder as a “normal” network drive on your desktop.
Why is this so interesting?
Well, these WebDav Folders are implemented using an Oracle Portal Page Group. Windows Explorer can be used for manipulating documents and folders, while the right-mouse-button-menu redirects the user to Oracle Portal for administration tasks like:
- Configuring version support
- Granting/Revoking access rights
- Locking documents/Folders
- Setting additional document properties
Every document you access, will be cached for offline use on your desktop machine. No more hassle with memory sticks or other storage devices, just take your laptop with you and continue to work on the “network share”. The changes you made will be synchronized to the WebDav folder when you go online again. Off course, you can select documents to be Always Available Offline, independent of the state of your local cache.
Next to all these “Content Management Features”, Oracle Drive can be configured to backup the files on your local harddisk. This backup can be scheduled and copies your files to a WebDav folder.
All documents are stored in the database and can be backed-up up using the standard Oracle procedures.