Linux Foundation's Latest Collaborative Setup to Evolve as Cloud Storage Technology

By CIOReview | Friday, September 4, 2015

SEATTLE, WA: The Linux Foundation, a non-profit consortium to promote the growth of Linux and collaborative software development announces the Kinetic Open Storage Project to advance open source software and standards for cloud object storage technologies.

Designed as an open standard around Ethernet-enabled, key/value Kinetic devices, the project includes founding members Cisco, Cleversafe, Dell, Digital Sense, Huawei, NetApp, Open vStorage, Red Hat, Scality, Seagate, SwiftStack, Toshiba and Western Digital.

Kinetic is a drive architecture in which the drive is a key/value server with Ethernet connectivity. The architecture is inspired by the scale out data center in which Ethernet and Linux are universal; open source software reduces barriers to entry making hardware more commoditized.

The result is a drive that supports the basic put, get and delete semantics of object storage with additional features for data integrity, security, drive and cluster management, and software defined storage that can access Kinetic drives directly.

It allows storage applications to access drives directly without the need to be managed by a storage server. This creates value both in terms of performance and lowers the total cost of ownership. The new project will manage the open source libraries, APIs and simulators interfacing with Kinetic-based drives. In addition, developers of storage solutions can utilize vendor-agnostic open source libraries and APIs to create new applications leveraging the power of Kinetic-based drives.

“Storage technologies are becoming increasingly complex as the cloud, virtualization and container technologies converge. Open source software and standards can speed the evolution of storage technology to support these areas, the Kinetic Open Storage Project will allow industry leaders to address new challenges head on and support rapid growth through a community-developed protocol specification and libraries,” says Jim Zemlin, Executive Director, The Linux Foundation.