Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/04/11/sun_fish_food/

Sun sprinkles FISH food for storage guppies

Open sourcing NetApp killer

By Ashlee Vance

Posted in Storage, 11th April 2007 17:42 GMT

Sun Microsystems appears to have open sauced many of the software components that make up its elusive FISHworks NetApp killer.

The company, on a regular basis, frees up code found in its Solaris operating system to the so-called OpenSolaris community. The latest code dump features a host of storage-centric software. Sun imagines that any old hack can take the applications and create a fancy NAS (network attached storage) box.

“This (technology) will enable community members to combine OpenSolaris with hardware from any source to create compelling storage solutions at a fraction of the price of traditional proprietary storage vendors,” Sun said in a statement. “This combination of open source and commodity hardware heralds a new stage in the storage industry.”

Not shy about boasting, are they?

The new storage industry stage apparently begins with administration tools for Sun's ZFS file system. You'll find the following ZFS tools in OpenSolaris:

A number of these tools will no doubt be included with the upcoming FISHworks gear. The Fully Integrated Software and Hardware technology came out of the minds of some of Sun's top Solaris engineers.

So far, Sun has provided little information on exactly what FISHworks will entail, although it did demonstrate a NAS device running the software to analysts during a recent meeting. We've yet to find an analyst that bothered to describe the system in a meaningful way – thanks, guys – and Sun refuses to speak to the press about the FISH food. This is the best we've been able to do.

While you're here, who knows about the X4950 streaming switch or Lyceum? ®