[Open]Solaris Filesystem Choices
By Jeff Cheeney on Apr 22, 2008
posted by John Finigan on Mon 21st Apr 2008 19:00 UTC
When it comes to dealing with storage, Solaris 10 provides admins with more choices than any other operating system. Right out of the box, it offers two filesystems, two volume managers, an iscsi target and initiator, and, naturally, an NFS server. Add a couple of Sun packages and you have volume replication, a cluster filesystem, and a hierarchical storage manager. Trust your data to the still-in-development features found in OpenSolaris, and you can have a fibre channel target and an in-kernel CIFS server, among other things. True, some of these features can be found in any enterprise-ready UNIX OS. But Solaris 10 integrates all of them into one well-tested package.
It is great to see such a great article showing up on OSNews. Well done John and thanks OSNews!
To complete the picture I think it would be important to highlight the other file systems that are being worked as part of OpenSolaris. These projects can all be found at the Storage Community projects page. Some of the file system work that should be noted include:
- JFS: Journaled File System
- Ext3 file system support
- Fuse on Solaris
- and ZFS on disk encryption support
There is a growing excitement around storage and OpenSolaris, and these projects are a great expression of this energy.
How does OpenSolaris and open source play a roll in your storage solutions? Does it help or is it creating problems? Let me know I'm interested in hearing ...