OSS goes beyond storage

The more entrepreneurs open source storage attracts, the better for everyone in the community.

At LinuxWorld, Open Source Storage announced it's moving beyond that, and becoming Open Source Systems.

It's also moving (a little) beyond open source.

CEO Eren Niazi made his announcements today, at LinuxWorld, because he sees the show becoming more data center-oriented than before. It really is a big iron show, he agreed. His kind of people.

The product news is a new line of Gemini servers that run multiple operating systems, he said "Our new product is just unbelievable. It's the first system that runs two operating systems in one machine. So you can run Windows and Linux, or Solaris and Windows. And they're interchangeable, they're hot flop systems. To top it off it runs 50% less power."

OSS does this with large, liquid-cooled fans, in a proprietary design. The front has 12 drive bays and you can also mix-and-match types of storage -- SCSI, FAS, whatever you want.

Niazi says his Sunnyvale facility can built out 1,000 systems a day, but he's considering a second factory in the east for next year. That's the U.S. East Coast, folks, not the Far East.

The name change is being made as the company moves into creating entire data centers, with cabling and gigabit switches. Niazi sees opportunity in finance, medical and government markets.

The best news for the company may be that Niazi has committed to it full-time, having found a CEO for his Whabam auction site. "My heart is in open source," he said.

That's good, because the more entrepreneurs open source storage attracts, the better for everyone in the community.

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