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The Register: How LinuxDisk will put a bomb under storage fatcats

Jan 30, 2001, 15:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"What LinuxDisk provides is a bridge between cheap disks and the rest of the network, and in particular logical volume manager support. For the first time vanilla Linux systems will become storage controllers: at the heart of LinuxDisk is a driver that looks to the world like SCSI in target mode. So while the rest of world sees a SCSI or Fibre Channel array, the boxen are simply running cheap IDE disks. The LVM provides virtualised file system."

"Why is this revolutionary? Well as we've pointed out many times before, the proprietary storage behemoths exemplified by EMC are really selling boxes of disks: and disks are very very cheap. Sure, people are also buying a service, but the technology deficit here is negligible, while the price markup is enormous. And that's a natural challenge for a Penguin."

"The first LinuxDisk code was posted on SourceForge in October, and the code should be shippable towards the end of this year. Assuming the good people of the T.13 committee can quarantine the CPRM sickness to removable media, that is..."

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