In an effort to move its Solaris operating system to hardware platforms from IBM, HP and Dell, Sun Microsystems has given storage technology to the OpenSolaris development community, according to internetnews.com. The company has opened management features of its Solaris ZFS dynamic file system that will allow the Solaris operating system to run on storage arrays from Sun's proprietary competitors.
Also included in today's open source donation are "point-in-time copy and remote-mirror data services," NFS v4.1, and an iSCSI device driver, the company says. Sun also plans to donate some of its StorageTek products later in the year, including an archive manager, a shared file system, storage servers and client interfaces.
A Sun representative indicates the move is part of the company's plan to see its entire software portfolio open sourced. We think it's also aimed at giving Linux a run for its money in the corporate data center space.