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 http://opensolaris.org/os/community/storage/ 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
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
http://www.opensolaris.org/os/community/storage/ 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 OpenSolaris.org 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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