Sun Updates Open Storage
August 26, 2008 Leave a comment
Sun is continuing down the road of Open Storage:
“In 2007, for example, the company published the source code on a number of its NAS technologies, including the ZFS file system and parallel NFS. In April 2008, Sun formally announced its OpenSolaris Storage initiative, opening up Solaris code related to iSCSI device drivers, QLogic Fibre Channel HBA drivers, and Java implementations of the RPC and NFS protocols, so third parties could enhance its solutions. In addition, new developer tools and expanded professional services were designed to make it simpler for third parties to deliver OpenSolaris Storage solutions.
“To change its marketing approach successfully, Sun will have to make its plans clear to end users. “Potential customers will have to understand that Sun’s movement to open source is not just a concept; the technology will be incorporated into various Sun products,” said Forrester’s Balaouras. The vendor has tried to do that with recent announcements of the Sun Fire X4500 family of hybrid server/storage systems and its J4000 line of storage arrays.” Full Story