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Linux Foundation’s OpenSDS project addresses storage management challenges

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Open Source Storage Management

The Linux Foundation has announced the launch of its OpenSDS project. This new open source offering is aimed to address software-defined storage integration challenges and boost enterprise adoption through community-driven solutions.

Unlike the previously emerged storage management project that was showcased by Nexenta at Dell EMC World 2016 last month, the Linux Foundation’s OpenSDS is targeting to hit a wider part of the IT world. The latest project comprises a large number storage users and vendors, including Fujitsu, Hitachi Data Systems, Huawei, Oregon State University, Vodafone and Western Digital. Additionally, it will work with various open source communities that are presently supporting Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Docker, OpenStack and Open Container Initiative.

Vendors believe that the advanced approach will help in revolutionising software-defined storage and its adoption among enterprises. “The OpenSDS Project will be a driving force for a revolution of software-defined storage and its enterprise adoption,” said Yoshiya Eto, VP of Linux development division, Fujitsu, in a joint satement.

To address major challenges in the storage field, the OpenSDS project is touted to enable a “common, open controller solution” that can be deployed on environments such as cloud, containerised and virtualised.

“OpenSDS will make it easier to utilise storage from any vendor using the same SDS control architecture across different environments. Our goal is to work with the open source community to deliver value to customers with an open SDS controller that simplifies management, promotes interoperability, and delivers Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS),” stated Steven Tan, chief architect, SDS management, Huawei.

OpenStack community-backed technologies

The initiative will leverage open source technologies like Cinder and Manila from the OpenStack community to offer support for multiple storage solutions.