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Managing Multimedia and Unstructured Data in the Oracle Database by Marcelle Kratochvil

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Why not store the multimedia in the filesystem?

When managing multimedia, the argument should now be, please justify why the files should be stored in the filesystem and not the database. There might be business cases for storing multimedia in the filesystem, especially if there are older applications and tools that need to access the files, but can only access a filesystem. As will be covered in Chapter 9, Understanding the Limitations of Oracle Products, there is a strong case for the use of the Oracle Database File System.

Only by using web services and integrating access into these tools to access the database can these restrictions be removed. It's possible to build programs that can be integrated into Windows File Explorer, Adobe Photoshop, ...

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