Webopedia on Google+Webopedia on TwitterWebopedia on FacebookTech Bytes Blog
Main » TERM » O »

open source storage


Open source storage is the phrase used to describe any storage system based on open source platforms or technologies. The phrase is commonly used to mean open source storage software that's used to create the storage system.

Much like proprietary storage products, open source storage software is available for a number of business needs, including array clustering, file and print services, encryption, network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN).

Businesses might use open source storage software because upfront costs are typically lower and features are comparable to proprietary storage software. Another benefit to using open source is that the source code is freely available for in-house development. 

Open source storage software is typically available as a free download with an investment in a commercial open source product required to obtain additional protection and customer service.

Examples of open source storage software include The FreeNAS Project, OpenStack, Lustre, OpenAFS, and Openfiler.

See also enterprise storage.







TECH RESOURCES FROM OUR PARTNERS
DID YOU KNOW?
Keeping Data Secure Is Tougher than Ever

If hackers get their hands on your company's data, they can wreak havoc on customer relationships and cause tremendous damage to your brand and... Read More »

Windows XP: Move Along, There's Nothing to See Here

After more than 12 years of holding the title of most popular operating system in the world, Windows XP is taking center stage for its final... Read More »

Report: The Role of Big Data in the Marketing Industry

According to a new study from Infogroup Targeting Solutions, we can expect to see companies spend heavily on big data marketing initiatives in... Read More »

QUICK REFERENCE
Flash Data Storage Vendor Trends

Although it is almost impossible to keep up with the pace of ongoing product releases, here are three recent highlights in the flash data storage... Read More »

15 Important Big Data Facts for IT Professionals

Keeping track of big data trends, research and statistics gives IT professionals  a solid foundation to plan big data projects. Here are 15... Read More »

Enterprise Storage Vendors

There's a number of vendors that sell enterprise storage hardware or offer cloud-based enterprise storage. View Webopedia's Enterprise storage... Read More »