IBM Unveils Clustered NAS Storage using Open Source Tech...

In IBM's tradition of using, packaging and promoting Open Source this week I came across an article on the Enterprise Storage Forum about their latest version of the Scale Out Network Attached Storage architecture.    The system can handle a large number of files and disk space.  From the Article, "IBM said its new Scale Out Network Attached Storage (SONAS) offering can scale both capacity and performance while providing parallel access to data and a global name space that can manage billions of files and up to 14.4 petabytes of capacity." 

Later on in the article they describe the technology which includes Samba and Linux.  IBM repackages, develops patches for and promotes a considerable number of Open Source packages like the Apache Web Server(IHS).   They also dedicate a considerable amount of development resources to various other packages.  Nice to see them keeping up the support and promotion.

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.