A year ago Sun announced its OpenStorage initiative. OpenSolaris is enabling the open storage revolution with the industry’s first open storage software community and it is thriving and growing. Companies are actively contributing source code as well as building appliances and solutions with this OpenStorage software stack. This is not a head on battle with proprietary storage vendors. Rather it is a flank. OpenStorage provides customers the advantage of a global community, with all the building blocks they need to accelerate business and market response at 1/10th the cost, with freedom to change vendors. Unlike the competition, Sun remains active in the community, offering the full range of service and support to help you at any point along the path to OpenStorage. The community is enabled to provide OpenStorage software pre-installed on selected servers and contributed to the community for download.
All community members love to share to the degree that they choose. That is the beauty… participate actively or maybe just watch for the moment from your vantage point. It is rewarding to observe the participation through the efforts of others. From podcasts of enthused individuals destroying disk drives to community members touting the value of this open sourced software— one point is consistent. ZFS is a file system that keeps appearing in the news more and more. For example, end to end data integrity WITHOUT intelligent hardware RAID controllers using free software on commodity hardware is news. Simon blogging about an open sourced home file server is news. Fear of the impact of this free technology to some proprietary business models is news. Seeing what others are doing with this technology is news. Interest from other companies both large and small on using this file system is news. Tim Thomas talking about configuring native CIFS in WorkGroup mode on OpenSolaris is news. When Tim discusses Domain mode that is news as well. Seeing Jim Hughes and his YouTube postings helps makes the news as well.
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