BOSTON -- The hacker monkeys and coding ninjas were out in force at LinuxWorld this week, and some were even willing to talk about storage.
"There's really no need to spend millions of dollars on software from EMC or any other company come to think of it, when you can get it for free," said Jake Elder, an independent Linux consultant.
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He mentioned an application called rsync that provides remote replication of files over long distances and is freely available. "It copies huge amounts of data worldwide and is smart enough to copy just the changes made to a file to save on bandwidth and storage costs," he said.
GFS (Global File System) is another application picking up speed in the Linux community, according to Elder. GFS is an Open Source 64-bit SAN file system with an impressive list of industry sponsors. Veritas Software Corp., Storage Technology Corp., NASA Ames Research Center Mass Storage Systems Group, Seagate Technology and EMC are behind it.
"It's all out there -- you just have to know what you want," said Robert Lynch, database administrator at Electronic Data Systems Corp.
David Pippenger, chief technology officer for Yarde Metals, a distributor of specialized metals in Connecticut, runs a Linux shop from top to bottom. The firm's phone system through to storage, e-mail and databases all run on Linux. "The challenge is to find the smart people that really get this stuff and can plug it all together," he said.
The biggest buzz at this year's show was Xen, an open source virtualization product that lets multiple operating systems run on the same computer. Sound familiar? It's the open source equivalent to VMware, EMC's virtualization cash cow, and it's steaming ahead with support from Sun Microsystems Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Novell Inc., Red Hat, Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices, among others.
Watch out EMC, the hacker monkeys are coming to get you and they mean business!
Here are the announcements from the show: