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Dungeons and (open source storage) dragons

Computer Weekly - The world of data storage is changing and open source is helping (well, trying extremely hard) to shake up a few traditional technology standards.

For many years, storage has been about big boxes from big name storage vendors. Usual suspects here might include EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, NetApp, Oracle Exadata and obviously we could extend this list ad infinitum if we started to add hard drive manufacturers, big data players and database shops.

But could things really be changing now?

Nexenta specialises in industry standard, software-only, open architecture, hardware-agnostic storage solutions. The company suggests that an open source software-based approach to storage systems has the potential to free developers from the ties that bind them to dungeon-like onsite corporate storage systems.

Could open source developers be the new dragon slayers?

NOTE: These storage options are bringing technologies like Sun's Zetabyte File System (ZFS), which Sun transferred to the open-source community, back to the forefront.

"While Oracle, which took over Sun, still offers ZFS in its Solaris products, the technology appears to have been shunted to the sidelines. But a new generation of companies are using a fork of OpenSolaris, known as Illumos, to provide the foundation for a storage-focused Solaris distribution based on ZFS," said Evan Powell, CEO, Nexenta Systems.