OpenSolaris draws attention from Data Management applications

There's feverish activity in the Solaris storage stack, in areas like CIFS and COMSTAR, to name a couple. I struggle to keep up, but regular visits to the Storage Community at opensolaris.org always help to stay on top.

Not surprisingly, we're also seeing a surge in software development in applications that handle business critical data. It's an area ripe for innovation, where competitive advantages can be obtained by exploiting the right OS features. Many companies have products based on open source and provide a free community edition, so they see a natural synergy with OpenSolaris and have decided to offer their software on this platform.

One such example is Zmanda. Their Zmanda Recovery Manager is very popular in enterprise MySQL deployments, where efficient data backup & recovery is critical. ZRM is able to provide extremely fast full database backups on Solaris by taking advantage of ZFS snapshots, a great example of leveraging a key feature of the OS. Zmanda was one of the participants at the recent OpenStorage Summit, where Mark Carlson had a chance to interview Paddy Sreenivasan, their VP of Engineering.

Another example is MailArchiva. This application provides email archiving for popular servers like MS Exchange, Postfix, Sendmail and Lotus, among others. The Open Source Edition, available at sourceforge, now includes a download for OpenSolaris. Not only is it very easy to install, but it also comes with an SMF manifest:

$ svcs -l mailarchiva
fmri svc:/network/mailarchiva:default
name MailArchiva
enabled true
state online
next_state none
state_time Fri Oct 17 14:39:26 2008
logfile /var/svc/log/network-mailarchiva:default.log
restarter svc:/system/svc/restarter:default
contract_id 111
dependency require_all/error svc:/network/loopback:default (online)
dependency optional_all/error svc:/network/physical:default (disabled)
dependency require_all/none svc:/system/filesystem/local (online)

By enabling it as a Solaris service, system administrators can manage and monitor MailArchiva in a familiar way, eliminating the need for ad hoc scripting.

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