Not A Bad Day 2 On The Job
By marchamilton on Apr 10, 2007
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.