Dell EMC Joins The Linux Foundation in Focusing on Software-Defined Storage

by Ostatic Staff - Dec. 19, 2016

The folks at EMC always knew a thing or two about storage, and now that they are part of Dell EMC, new storage frontiers are taking shape. The Linux Foundation has just welcomed Dell EMC to the OpenSDS Project, which is focused on the very promising software-defined storage arena.

The OpenSDS community is forming to address software-defined storage integration challenges with the goal of driving enterprise adoption of open standards. The Linux Foundation functions as the steward. As part of its support for the open source project, Dell EMC is also contributing its first project to OpenSDS, the CoprHD SouthBound SDK (SB SDK), to help promote storage interoperability and compatibility. The SB SDK allows developers to build drivers and other tools with the assurance that they will be compatible with a wide variety of enterprise-class storage products.

The OpenSDS Project is comprised of storage users and vendors, including Fujitsu, Hitachi Data Systems, Huawei, Oregon State University and Vodafone. The project will also seek to collaborate with other upstream open source communities such as Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Docker, OpenStack and Open Container Initiative.

"Dell EMC is a welcome addition to the OpenSDS Project and we look forward to its input," said Cameron Bahar, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Technology Officer of storage at Huawei. "We invite other vendors and enterprise customers to follow Dell EMC's lead, and to join us in creating an open storage controller solution across cloud, containerized, virtualized and other environments, and make storage-as-a-service a reality."

"As the first storage vendor to open source a software-defined storage controller, we're very excited to join OpenSDS," said John Mark Walker, Director of Product Management for Dell EMC. "We look forward to collaborating with customers, partners and other vendors to create open source tools and standards for storage interoperability."

The OpenSDS technical community hosts discussions on a dedicated mailing list:

According to the Open SDS project's home:

 "The community hopes to have an initial prototype available in Q2 2017 with a Beta release by Q3 2017. The initial participants expect OpenSDS will leverage open source technologies, such as Cinder and Manila from the OpenStack community, to best enable support across a wide range of cloud storage solutions."