Not A Bad Day 2 On The Job

I thought I would summarize my view on today's OpenSolaris storage announcements and the new OpenSolaris Storage Community. More and more people each day understand the value of open source software for their computers, so why not open source software for your storage? With today's announcements, Sun storage is:
  • Open. As in Open Source with no hardware lock in. This is about a storage software platform based on OpenSolaris code, with all the positive attributes of an open community including price competition on implementations of the platform, ability for multiple vendors to participate (Qlogic has already joined the community), and open to evolution by the community
  • Leveraging Industry Economics. Customers get the best pricing not only because vendors compete on price but because the basic storage platform rides the industry technology curves (in disk drives, memory, processors). You will never get left behind or pay through the nose for some proprietary upgrade you are locked into.
  • Scalable. Everyone needs to scale their storage over time, even if only to avoid being boxed in to some initial platform.
  • Based on a Platform, Not A Point Product. This isn't a product announcement per se but a storage platform, for running applications, and for developers to extend.

    You can read all the details on our new Open Storage Stack, and yes it does include SAM-FS and QFS. Maybe not quite the type of announcement you expected out of Solaris marketing, but I never promised to do the expected. Obviously a lot of this was in the works before I started yesterday, so many thanks to everyone in Sun's software, systems, storage, and services organizations that worked to develop Sun Open Storage Platform. We think it is a good model, because we have already seen adoption of it by customers (we just made it a bit more open today).

    A great example of how customers are extending our open storage stack today is CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the dCache community. The dCache project provides a system for storing and retrieving huge amounts of data, distributed among a large number of heterogenous server nodes, under a single virtual filesystem tree with a variety of standard access methods. A number of LHC Tier 1 centers, including IN2P3 in France and DESY in Germany are using dCache on Sun's x4500 data server running Solaris. As this work has been underway for a while, dCache is today a separate community, although we do plan to reach out to them and invite them to join our Open Storage initiative.

    Open Storage is just a start. There are still plenty of other devices that connect to the internet based on proprietary software. So what's next, open source music players? I won't give away our plans, but we do have a few other ideas to work on to further extend the Open Solaris community.

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