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Fusion-IO acquires Linux storage firm ID7

Takes over the SCST storage subsystem
Wed Mar 20 2013, 12:05

FLASH STORAGE VENDOR Fusion-IO has acquired UK storage management software firm ID7.

Terms of the ID7 and Fusion-IO deal have not been disclosed. ID7 is a maker of the Linux based software defined storage subsystem SCST. Fusion-IO is a flash storage firm that is aiming to reduce the proprietary nature of the datacentre.

The SCST stack is open source software that handles the processing of commands that come into a datacentre's network. Use of the stack is common for datacentre servers running a Linux operating system.

Fusion-IO reports that it will continue to offer the SCST stack as open source going forward.

"Anybody building a storage array today is likely using Linux and they are also likely using the SCST stack at the heart of the system," Fusion-IO CEO David Flynn told The INQUIRER.

"The world has been evolving towards open source software. If you look at the datacentre now, I'd say half of the datacentres out there now are running an open source operating system. So the world is evolving towards more open architecture over time."

While the SCST stack is open source, firms looking to license the stack for commercial purposes were still required to pay a licence fee to ID7. Following the firm's purchase, those interested in licensing the platform for commercial use will now pay those fees to Fusion-IO.

"If you are building a commercial enterprise grade storage system leveraging Linux you are likely using the SCST stack and if you are using the SCST stack you are likely licensing it from ID7, who built it in the first place," said Flynn.

"So although SCST is open source, if you want to use it in a commercialised form, you need to license it."

Along with the ability to profit from the use of ID7 technologies, Fusion-IO will also be able to use the ID7 team and technology to advance performance of its flash based storage systems.

"Having the SCST stack that is processing the data that is coming through the network. Having that talk directly to Fusion-IO memory allows us to go faster than any other custom appliances on the market," Flynn noted.

Fusion-IO is a flash storage vendor that works to offer software defined storage systems for the datacentre. Flynn said the move towards software defined systems helps eliminate the need for large proprietary systems inside the datacentre.

"We are transforming storage systems from proprietary boxes with custom bent sheet metal to where storage based systems are defined solely by the software it is running," added Flynn. µ


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