Sun opensources SAM and QFS

by Mads
March 25, 2008 at 23:30 | categories: sun, solaris

Last week, Sun added SAM/QFS to the growing stack of storage software - see the Storage Platform section.

SAM is the Storage Archive Manager (a HSM) and QFS is the Quick File System (a multi-writer global filesystem).

Joerg Moellenkamp posted a nice writeup on SamFS.

So why do I care? Both SAM and QFS could be immensely useful for work and having access to the code rather than being stuck with a short term trial makes it a whole lot easier to get a test system up and running. Also from a long term perspective, much of what's happening in storage these days seem to be happening around opensolaris.
Traditional storage vendors must be feeling the heat from Sun and it will be interesting to see what happens in an area where charging an arm and a leg for features seem more common than not.