It takes a community to lead a revolution
By marg on Apr 29, 2008
Today Sun kicks off an open storage initiative that combines open software with industry standard hardware that delivers significant costs savings over proprietary storage products. Sun is announcing an open storage platform that's based on OpenSolaris software with integrated features - think ZFS- making it ideal for storage servers like Sun's Sunfire 4500. Just like the revolution that began with servers not quite a decade ago, storage users will benefit from industry standard hardware and open source software.
This is pretty revolutionary when you think about it. Open storage gives users the flexibility to deploy storage easily with open software based on open standards on any general purpose components.
As a Sun marketing person preparing for this announcement. I've spent time recently with the OpenSolaris Storage Community Facilitator, Jeff Cheeney, to get a first hand look at how the community is changing the way storage is being deployed.
The best endorsement of open storage comes from two recent interviews with companies participating in the OpenSolaris Storage community that leverage OpenSolaris to deliver NAS storage software solutions to enterprise customers and build an Open SAN infrastructure.
The first interview was with Even Powell CEO of Nexenta. They've participated in the OpenSolaris storage community since 2006 and leverage the Solaris kernel and the innovation provided by ZFS to deliver a NAS software solution for enterprise customers. Like Sun, they believe that enterprise customers are eager to find alternatives to the high cost of proprietary storage as data continue to grow faster than their budgets allow or legacy storage architectures can scale.
The second interview was with Greg Perry, CEO of LiveAmmo. Greg told us that while searching to find alternatives to the high cost of traditional SANs when they set out to build a storage environment for their VMware training project it became obvious that OpenSolaris and the innovation provided by ZFS and COMSTAR would allow them to build a remote data center that can be accessed by 100s of students at a time for a fraction of the cost over traditional SAN vendor solutions. He describes how OpenSolaris allows them to compete without giving up enterprise reliability at ¼ of the cost and their dialog with Sun engineers in the community clinched the deal. You can listen to the entire audio interview between Greg Perry, CEO of LiveAmmo and Jeff Cheeney, Sun's OpenSolarisStorage Community Facilitator
Both describe their shift to open storage in revolutionary terms as a result of the heavy cost they would have to pay for proprietary storage solutions. Open storage is the real deal. If you've ever thought about joining a revolution now's your chance!