NEW YORK, LINUX WORLD, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ --
Adaptec, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADPT), the global leader in storage access solutions,
today launched a new program to educate and support the Linux community,
promote the release of new open-source drivers, and enable developers to
create and share new drivers for Adaptec controllers.
Adaptec has provided RAID and SCSI driver support to the Linux community
for several years, but, for the first time, is now having its RAID drivers
embedded in the Linux kernel, as has been done with its SCSI host adapter
drivers since 1998. The company also will be updating its SCSI drivers in the
next Linux kernel release
One of the key elements of Adaptec's new Open Source Program, to be
introduced this week at the Linux World tradeshow, is a new website,
http://linux.adaptec.com , where developers can access the latest available
Adaptec open source code, RPM (Red Hat Package Manager) packages and TAR (Tape
Archive) files, to modify drivers and create new applications that support
other distributions. Developers can also obtain the latest Adaptec-developed
Linux and BSD/OS drivers, and use the site as a forum to share ideas and
obtain solutions from others within the open source community.
In addition to the website, Adaptec's new Open Source Program includes
training and growing the company's service and support infrastructure to more
fully support the open source community. It is also planning to introduce
Linux drivers for some of its other product lines, including its Fibre Channel
host bus adapters, later this year.
Bruce Perens, primary author of "The Open Source Definition," the
canonical definition of open source licensing, and one of the founders of the
Open Source Initiative, said Adaptec's enhanced outreach to the open source
community is a welcome move. "It's great that Adaptec is providing its driver
source code under the GPL license, the same software license that we use for
the Linux kernel. Eventually, every Linux system will run Adaptec RAID
devices right out of the box, as they run Adaptec SCSI controllers today.
"Adaptec RAID controllers will be an important component in enterprise
Linux systems running everything from web servers to databases," Perens added.
"By establishing a web site especially to interface with the Open Source
community, Adaptec is streamlining the path by which its new hardware will be
integrated into Linux systems. We look forward to cooperation on the next new
Eric Sheppard, research analyst with IDC, said, "The move to provide
greater support to the Open Source community is a good business decision for
Adaptec. According to our estimates, the Linux portion of the worldwide disk
storage systems market will grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 35
percent from 2000 to 2004. Open Source participation offers new opportunity
for Adaptec's SCSI and RAID businesses and positions the company for greater
"Adaptec is leading the charge to introduce reliable data protection to
the Linux server community," said Lee Caswell, vice president and general
manager of Adaptec's Direct Attached Storage Solutions Group. As with our
strategy in SCSI products, we will provide open-source code in order to spur
the development of RAID products in the telecommunications and Internet
infrastructure markets, where Linux is running on up to 30 percent of server
platforms. Our goal, consistent with our recently announced 'RAID Everywhere'
initiative, is to ensure that these emerging data-intensive application
servers continue to have access to Adaptec's high-quality, high-speed data
access and protection technologies."
About "RAID Everywhere"
Adaptec's "RAID Everywhere" initiative, launched in August 2000, is
designed to accelerate the widespread adoption of RAID in the PC-server
market, in order to provide customers higher levels of data protection,
availability and increased performance in support of their business
strategies. Key components of the plan include new product and technology
developments, continued compatibility testing, and educational and support
programs aimed at making RAID more affordable, accessible and easy-to-use.
Adaptec Inc. provides broad-markets with highly available storage access
solutions that reliably move, manage and protect critical data and digital
content. Adaptec's storage solutions are found in high-performance networks,
servers, workstations and desktops from the world's leading manufacturers, and
are sold through distribution channels to ISPs, enterprises, medium and small
businesses and consumers. Adaptec is an S&P 500 member. More information is
available at www.adaptec.com .
SOURCE Adaptec Inc.