"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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