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Sun goes fishing for customers with code

Sun Microsystems is making available the source code for a number of its storage-related software products in an effort to cut the cost of creating storage solutions.

Sun Microsystems is making available the source code for a number of its storage-related software products in an effort to cut the cost of creating storage solutions.

The vendor announced last week the previously Sun-only administration features of the Solaris ZFS file system would be donated to OpenSolaris - Sun's open source project to build a developer community around its Solaris OS technology.

The initiative, codenamed Fish (fully integrated software and hardware), is part of an ongoing effort by Sun to build up support for its storage systems, especially its network attached storage (NAS) offering, within the open source community.

Other storage technologies Sun is opening up include its Point-in-Time Copy data service and Remote Mirror data service, iSCSI device drivers, OSD device drivers, and Qlogic Fibre Channel HBA driver.

"Today marks a big step in repeating this model for storage software technology," said Rich Green, executive vice president of software at Sun. "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."

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