Database for files

Hi

Just wondering if anyone could advise of a database system out there that can manage adobe files.

We would have 10's of thousands of abode cad files stored on windows shares but it's becoming a nightmare for the cad users to find anything.

Is there a database solution out there that could house these files and add some custom attributes to the data that we would use?

Thanks
kingcastleAsked:
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QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
IMHO files belong into a file system, not a DB. Any of the available DBMS is able to manage additional info and the path name of the file, and a simple DB application (e.g. Access) can be used as frontend without much of effort.
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Aneesh RetnakaranDatabase AdministratorCommented:
most of the database systems can store these files, for example in case of sql server, you can use FileStream
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kingcastleAuthor Commented:
What DBMS would you think of ?

So can you link a database front end to a windows folder structure for searching and extra attribute purposes?

Cheers
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Aneesh RetnakaranDatabase AdministratorCommented:
here is an article on implementing fileStream in sql server. All the files you stored in the database will be stored in one database file, so if you need to store  some attributes, you should create the table accordingly
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kingcastleAuthor Commented:
Thank you - is the article attached?
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QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
kingcastle, you always need a frontend. There is nothing doing that "by nature". So technically it is no difference whether you store the files in the filesystem or in the DB. But having them in DB only usually means you need to stream the contents to a file whenever you need to open (view, edit) it, hence my recommendation to just leave them in the filesystem.
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
Consider adding tags to each file. Everyone should agree on the words to be used in tags.

Some Ideas on using tags
http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/organize-files-tags-folders-windows-7/
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/windows-and-office/tag-your-files-for-easier-searches-in-windows-7/

This free ELYSE program might be all you need
http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-organize-all-your-files-using-tags/

Here are some general ideas on organising your files
http://www.seagate.com/do-more/organizing-your-digital-files-master-dm/

When you have settled on a tagging system, then the boring bit begins .... tagging thousands of files and probably deleting hundreds of duplicates and unnecessary intermediate versions in the process.
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