Storage is Now Open for Business
By mrcoolthreadstm on Apr 30, 2008
Look Out World - Open Storage is Under Way... and it's not just me saying it.
Well, the world changed a little this week... did you feel it? The Open Storage movement continues to roll on, or as Jason Williams of Digitar put it in his blog (http://blogs.digitar.com/jjww/index.php?blogid=3), the democratization of storage, is upon us.
It's about time...it's also about money.
Williams is tired of paying for stuff he doesn't need - he says that the support of a community of likeminded folks also suits him fine.
Partners like Nexenta and others are also participating, create new storage appliances based on open source software that further build momentum. Read more here: http://neotactics.com/blog/technology/storage-storage-storage
But, momentum doesn't happen in a bubble... it happens across the industry. Just ask Dell in their Inside IT blog:
(and I quote): "Is Sun giving up or changing the game?Tue. Apr. 29, 2008Sun, the perennial also ran in the storage business is making a very bold move. If they succeed, it could change the storage industry forever." Out of fairness, lot more to it, but that's the part I thought was interesting
Or ask Marc Farley in Dell's future of storage blog:
(still quoting) "Today, Sun announced that they were going to make a collection of storage software available as open source product. This could be a game changer or a last-gasp effort (or something in-between) for Sun and storage. This will get Sun a lotta love from the open source community and cast a nice glow over the company for awhile."
Short answer: We're not giving up, we're just changing the game forever.