A Completed Open Source Storage Stack... no kidding
By bobp on Mar 20, 2008
Another storage code base has been posted at opensolaris. This most recent contribution focuses on the area of hierarchical storage management (HSM). The technology is much more than standard backup. It addresses automated data management via policies driven by data and metadata. HSM drives some of the largest data repositories out there in the industry today. With our open sourcing of SAM-Q we have completed an extremely large complex effort of open sourcing our \*entire\* storage stack!
This milestone is only the end of the beginning since we have many new open storage projects in process at opensolaris.org. These new storage projects are all being developed out in the open with the community. Everything from data services, protocols, file systems, compression, encryption, replication, snapshots, drivers and archive software is available to the community. There is no other comprehensive open sourced storage stack out there in the industry.
However, there are other comprehensive proprietary storage stacks out there that are quite good but you pay a hefty price (premium) for each part of the storage stack. If you have the time but not the money the opensolaris community may be the place where you can contribute. The community may also be the place for you if you are trying to establish your business or solution at a revolutionary price point. In either case pure economics is a driving force.
You may want to check out my most current read. "Alan Greenspan - The Age of Turbulence" If you enjoy economics, history and want to ponder the power of the open source movement (aggregate demand )-- this book is a must read. Alan also gives you some insight into the current market meltdown.
Read what some of the many team members Margaret Hamburger, Ted Pogue and Lynn Rohrer have to say about our latest opensource efforts. The entire team's pace and execution responded to a very aggressive goal set by me ~1 year ago... "Open Source the entire storage stack." I'm also excited by the code contributions made by partners and vendors to the community. It is also equally exciting to see customers using the open sourced storage technologies to build their storage products for their businesses.
We at Sun also have the opportunity to build hybrid storage solutions with the opensolaris storage stack as well. After all, open source software is in our DNA and we are the largest commercial contributors of open source software in the world. A big thank you to the entire team.