Open Source means freely distributed, not free.
By marg on Feb 05, 2008
Two years ago Sun open sourced the Solaris 10 operating system in order to build a developer community for the Solaris OS. At the same time Sun made a business decision to provide for free the enterprise distribution of the Solaris 10 binary right-to-use license (with registration) in order to drive Solaris 10 adoption. Fee-based Solaris services are also offered when deploying the software in production environments.
Now we're working hard to open source all Sun developed storage software. Many Solaris storage software technologies have all ready been put back into the community. http://opensolaris.org/os/community/storage/
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
Sun StorageTek Availability Suite source is currently available for download. http://opensolaris.org/os/project/avs/
Project pages for SAM/QFS are also available.
Recent contributions to the OpenSolaris community include a native integrated CIFS implementation that delivers greater Microsoft interoperability and supports our efforts to improve Solaris as a storage operating system.
This decision, announced last April, has created its share of confusion over free or fee-based licenses for the enterprise distributions of our storage software. Open source distributions are freely distributed under a CDDL license agreement that makes it easy for developers to get access to the source (in many cases as we're developing it) and lets them participant in the community and contribute in a variety of ways.
Commercial or enterprise versions of Solaris Storage software are distributed in the following ways:
SOLARIS 10 UDPATES
ZFS is the perfect example of storage software that is delivered as part of the core Solaris OS, open source and OpenSolaris distributions with developer services offered.
ZFS is distributed with Solaris 10 Updates under Sun's standard software binary license agreement and Solaris 10 Services are offered for a fee.
ZFS is open sourced and can be downloaded under Sun's CDDL license agreement. http://opensolaris.org/os/community/zfs/
Open Solaris Distributions (SXDE) that include ZFS are offered with services targeting the developer community.
STANDALONE SOFTWARE PACKAGES AND BUNDLES
Software products like the Sun Storagetek Storage Archive Manager, the Sun StorageTek QFS, and the Sun StorageTek AVS offers fee-based RTUs and services.
Solaris Cluster Solutions such as the Advanced Edition for Oracle RAC includes the RTU for QFS. http://www.sun.com/software/cluster/ds/Cluster_RAC.pdf
Solaris Storage software is delivered on storage systems that are offered by Sun and our partners.
The SunFire 4500 includes the Solaris Operating System with ZFS, differentiating our high capacity low cost storage offering.
Sun Partnerships that leverage Sun software and hardware innovation plus the partner's value-add come to market fast as evidenced by Greenplum. Early access to the Sun Fire[tm] X4500 platform as well as vital engineering and marketing assistance allowed Greenplum and Sun to collaborate to develop an Opteron-powered appliance based on the Solaris OS with ZFS.
The Sun StorageTek SAM and QFS is delivered today in a customer ready system called CIS. It uses SAM policy managmenet to automates data movement across tiered storage based on the business value and access requirements of your data and provide a cost effective way to manage data over time.
The combination of OpenSolaris software and open standards will allow us to deliver more value for our customers with Open Storage Systems going forward.