Ooyala Flex's "Virtual" File System

Ooyala Flex has been designed from the ground up to be configurable and support as many vendor solutions and standards as possible. This versatility is brought about by ensuring all elements of Ooyala Flex are pluggable and extensible. Ooyala Flex's Virtual Filesystem component is no exception. The Ooyala Flex Virtual Filesystem has been designed to support a wide range of storage and file transfer protocols so that Ooyala Flex can access files on a wide range of different storage devices. This abstraction layer means that file-based actions can seamlessly move files between different storage devices in different locations, whether that be local file-based storage, or cloud-based object storage.

Ooyala Flex's Filesystem has a built in abstraction layer which enables it to use a range of different storage and file transfer protocols. Examples include:
  • smb: SMB/CIFS networking protocol.
  • sftp: SSH File Transfer Protocol (also Secure File Transfer Protocol, or SFTP).
  • ftps: (also known as FTP-ES, FTP-SSL and FTP Secure) is an extension to the commonly used File Transfer Protocol (FTP).
  • ftp: File Transfer Protocol.
  • webdav: Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) is an extension of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP).
  • http: Hypertext Transfer Protocol Overview.
  • https: Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure.
  • file: For accessing files on local file mounts.
  • S3: For accessing files in an Amazon S3 account.

Note: Please note that some of these protocols are read-only by design. The Ooyala Flex Virtual Filesystem is not managed and configured directly. Storage resources are configured to support specific protocols and "mount" storage devices. File-based actions are then configured to access these storage resources.

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