Sun Microsystems Announces OpenSolaris as Industry's Most Comprehensive Multi-Vendor Storage Operating System

Donation of Core Storage Technologies Running on All Major Hardware

Platforms to OpenSolaris Community Signals Commoditization of Storage


Apr 10, 2007, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun
 Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today announced it is donating storage
 technologies for storage developers within the OpenSolaris community. This
 will enable community members to combine OpenSolaris with hardware from any
 source to create compelling storage solutions at a fraction of the price of
 traditional proprietary storage vendors. This combination of open source
 and commodity hardware heralds a new stage in the storage industry.
     Sun is taking the lead in creating a community-driven software
 development platform that speeds time-to-market for storage application
 development and which better addresses customers' ever-evolving data
 management and archiving needs. Sun is donating the source code to the
 Storage community at which
 will feature email forums, design documents and open source code.
     "Just as free and open source code has changed the way server and
 desktop operating systems are developed, evaluated and deployed, today
 marks a big step in repeating this model for storage software technology,"
 said Rich Green, executive vice president, Software, Sun Microsystems. "Sun
 is taking the lead in changing the market by enabling the creation of
 compelling low- cost storage solutions via the free and open availability
 of open source software, including Solaris, on commodity hardware from a
 wide-range of vendors including HP, Dell, IBM, and Sun."
     Today Sun also announced the previously Sun-only flexible
 administration features of Solaris ZFS will be donated to OpenSolaris. ZFS
 is a dynamic file system which simplifies management and adds
 functionality. The features donated include:
     -- ZFS Clone Promotion feature, which allows storage users to turn a
 clone back into the active file system;
     -- Recursive Snapshots feature, which automatically creates snapshots
 for all descendent file systems.
     -- Double Parity RAIDZ, a data protection enhancement to that provides
 storage users with enough protection so that no data will be lost if up to
 two devices fail
     -- Hot Spares for ZFS Storage Pool Devices, data protection disks that
 can replace failed or faulted devices, eliminating downtime after disk
     Sun and its partners are also introducing the following storage
 technologies into the OpenSolaris Storage community:
     -- Point-in-Time Copy data service and Remote Mirror data service --
 allows volumes and their snapshots to be replicated between physically
 different servers. Includes filter-driver framework and utilities. This is
 the first commercial version of replication software that has been open
     -- NFS v4.1 (also known as parallel NFS) -- provides scalable parallel
 access to files distributed among multiple servers;
     -- YANFS (formerly known as WebNFS) -- Java implementation of the
 client side of the XDR, RPC, NFSv2, and NFSv3 protocols;
     -- iSCSI device drivers -- provides both the initiator and target
 support for the IETF iSCSI protocol which allows the use of the SCSI
 protocol over TCP/IP networks;
     -- OSD device drivers and related software -- provides both initiator
 and target support for storage devices that adhere to the SCSI Object-Based
 Storage Device (OSD) command protocol;
     -- QLogic Fibre Channel HBA driver --- The QLogic QLC driver enables
 booting from internal and external Fibre Channel devices and are now a part
 of OpenSolaris, making Sun's stack of drivers which facilitate I/O activity
 to host bus adapters open from top to bottom -- a first in the world of
 open storage;
     OpenSolaris already provides an extensive array of storage software
 including a native CIFS client, UFS, Solaris Volume Manager, Traffic
 Manager (multipathing I/O support), a complete Fibre Channel framework with
 drivers, as well as traditional target drivers. Please see for the entire list. Sun
 also has plans to open source the following technologies in the coming
 months: Sun StorageTek QFS shared file system, Sun StorageTek Storage
 Archive Manager, Sun StorageTek 5800 client interfaces and simulator/server
 and other storage- related technologies.
     OpenSolaris Launches The First Open Source Storage Development Community
     The new Storage community on will help give developers
 a quicker way to deploy data-intensive applications. The community includes
 developers adding data management functionality and customizing the storage
 stack for new applications and platforms; system administrators
 implementing Solaris technology in data centers; educators and students
 researching data management in universities; and new users exploring the
 technology and discovering that OpenSolaris offers new opportunities.
 Application developers that adopt OpenSolaris as a storage platform can now
 utilize and enhance their existing data services and have the means to
 develop their own data services.
     Further details on Sun's Storage family can be found at
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               Alex Plant
               Sun Microsystems, Inc.,

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