I am sure you have read Jonathan Schwartz's and Rich Green's blogs about Sun's Open source initiative and plans. We in Sun Cluster were just wrapping up the Solaris Cluster 3.2 release end 2006, when Nick told me that he wanted to do some investigation around open sourcing and see what it takes to do so for Solaris Cluster. One thing lead to another and before I knew it, we started the open sourcing effort for Solaris Cluster in January this year. The project was referred to as Pleiades (the open cluster of stars closet to earth).
The commitment to deliver end June seemed like a daunting task, at first, given all that we did not know.
Six months later and here we have our first release of Open High Availability Cluster. We are committed to sharing more code in the 18 months and working with the community. I encourage you to check out our HA Clusters community. You can read the feature story, which has more details on the announcement. Also listen to a podcast with Keith White.
This journey has been short and intense! The small distributed team, located in Austin, Bangalore, Colorado, France, Germany and Menlo Park, did an awesome job coming together and helping orchestrate this first release. Yet another example that demonstrates what this group is capable of doing!
I joke with Nick that only one month after returning from paternity leave he has had a second baby this year! :-)