I am XAM. XAM I am. Sun recently made another open source contribution— this time in the space of fixed content storage software. Fixed content storage is growing at an exponential rate. As an example, stop and imagine how much fixed content data will be generated by the Summer Olympics 2008. Pictures, video, tickets, security data, statistics, invoices, hotel bills, airline reservations, etc, etc. etc. A massive amount of data that will be stored and preserved digitally for a long time. Customers depend on Archive Products, even better if they are open.
There is now a fully open source code base contributed to opensolaris.org, java.net and the SNIA XAM TWG. Read Scott Tracy’s perspective. This code base eliminates the need to roll your own digital archive using piece parts (server, RAID HW, database, etc.) Yet another storage solution built on the equation:
- Open Standards + Open Source = Open Storage
Powerful considering this implementation is not proprietary and uses industry standard APIs. Our contribution to XAM further emphasizes the commitment to eliminate the barriers in the fixed content storage arena. No more closed APIs to a specific vendors hardware or software stack, but rather as an industry standard such as Ethernet. Some vendors are being forced to open their APIs as opensource is having a positive effect for customers.
A great start for building your own digital archive appliance with proven enterprise software that is available as an open source code base. A common theme for some vendors that are leading the way.