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50 Open Source Replacements for Storage Software

Jan 18, 2011, 17:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cynthia Harvey)

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"Open source storage software clearly fills a need.

"According to researchers at IDC, the digital universe included 1.2 million petabytes, or 1.2 zettabytes, of data by the end of 2010. In case you have trouble picturing those numbers, that's enough data to fill a stack of DVDs that stretches to the moon and back.

"With the amount of data growing exponentially, storage has become big business. 2010 saw a number of large tech firms snap up smaller storage-related vendors, including HP's notable acquisition of 3PAR after a bidding war with Dell.

"But enterprises and small business don't have to spend a lot of money on their storage solutions. A number of open source projects offer backup, network attached storage (NAS), data warehouse, compression, encryption and other storage-related capabilities. Even if companies pay for support or related services, these open source options usually cost considerably less than their commercial counterparts.

"Here are 50 noteworthy open source replacements for commercial storage-related tools. As always, feel free to suggest any others you think we should have included in the comments section below."

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