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Oracle Makes Lustre Users Buy Hardware for Support

Apr 28, 2010, 13:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Shread)

[ Thanks to Paul Shread for this link. ]

"Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) will soon make it tougher to get paid support for its open source Lustre clustered file system.

"According to a recent presentation by Peter Bojanic, director of Oracle's Lustre Group, Lustre 1.8 and 2.0, which was just released as a beta, will remain open source and licensed under GPL 2.0. But beginning with the full release of Lustre 2.0, paid support will be limited to those purchasing Lustre bundled with Oracle hardware, and the company won't provide an upgrade path for 1.8 users who desire support. That means that Lustre 2.0 users who want paid support will need to replace their hardware.

"Sun Lustre Storage Systems built with Lustre 2.0 will include the core file system, along with other components which "may or may not be open source," according to Bojanic's presentation.

"The move, Bojanic said, is in keeping with Oracle's "vision of integrated hardware and software solutions." The systems will "leverage Oracle's comprehensive investments in storage, compute and networking hardware, Oracle Solaris, Oracle Enterprise Linux and Lustre 2.""

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