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 Adaptec product!" 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 market penetration." "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. About Adaptec 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 .
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