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SearchEnterpriseLinux: BigStorage CEO speaks on largest Linux storage deal

Jan 31, 2001, 14:18 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Krissi Danielsson)

In this interview with searchEnterpriseLinux, BigStorage chief executive officer Sam Bogoch said what was widely reported as the largest Linux storage deal ever will prove once and for all open source systems are a fully capable and ready to handle enterprise storage needs."

"searchEnterpriseLinux: What are the advantages of working with storage on Linux over other platforms?

Bogoch: The really big advantage, from a storage standpoint, of Linux is the degree of innovation that is going on with the platform, specifically with file systems. With most platforms, you're dealing with a legacy file system that's been around awhile. Whatever it does, it does, and it's not going to change much. That's especially true, for instance, with Solaris. ... The traditional operating system vendor - and I put Microsoft in the same category by the way - comes out with NT, and it has NTFS, and they think that ought to be good enough. Period."

"searchEnterpriseLinux: How did you get involved with EMusic?

Bogoch: We actually met the EMusic folks at the LinuxWorld conference. That's when they first told us about their requirements. It was pretty ambitious sounding, and basically they needed a lot of storage for a very high capacity requirement. Yet, at the same time they were quite cost-conscious. The idea of doing it gold-plated with something like an EMC RAID would not have been economical."

"searchEnterpriseLinux: Would it have helped to have the new 2.4 kernel before the EMusic installation?

Bogoch: Definitely. For that matter, we still consider 2.4 to be barely out the door here, but yes, we feel strongly that once 2.4 gets a little more mature, probably over the next 60 days, it will make a huge difference just in terms of solidity of these kinds of systems."

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