Whamcloud Building New Lustre Distro - Is it an Oracle Fork?

Posted by red5 on Jan 15, 2011 4:15 AM EDT
EnterpriseStorageForum.com; By Sean Kerner
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The open source Lustre technology is a parallel file system that is often found in high performance computing (HPC) environments. Users of the file system will soon get community Lustre distribution, thanks to the leadership of startup Whamcloud.

Whamcloud is a venture backed startup that includes veterans from Oracle and Sun, where the Lustre project originated. The reason why Whamcloud is building a Lustre distribution isn't about creating a fork from Oracle, but is about helping to support and expand the Lustre community.

"Since April of 2010 there has been confusion in the community, and we've seen an impact in the business confidence in Lustre," Brent Gorda, CEO and president of Whamcloud told InternetNews.com. "The community has been asking for leadership, the commitment of a for-profit entity that they can rely on for support and a path forward for the technology."

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