Sun buys Cluster File Systems assets

Sun buys Cluster File Systems assets

Summary: Sun Microsystems' open source moves continue to snowball. On Wednesday, Sun said it will acquire the majority of Cluster File Systems intellectual property and assets.

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Sun Microsystems' open source moves continue to snowball.

On Wednesday, Sun said it will acquire the majority of Cluster File Systems intellectual property and assets. This purchase includes the Lustre File System.

So what's it mean? Sun adds a parallel file system provider to its stable, extends support to Solaris and gets another avenue to wind up in your IT shop. Sun has said it is looking to buy software companies.

Sun added that it will deliver Lustre servers on top of the Solaris ZFS storage software, which was announced in July. ZFS has raised hackles from NetApp.

Now this deal isn't going to add up to huge financial gains, but complements Sun's storage business and shows the company's chops in high performance computing (HPC) and Linux clusters. Financial terms weren't disclosed, but they are immaterial to Sun's earnings.

The two parties have worked together on a few HPC projects including  "the fastest supercomputer in Asia at Tokyo Tech and we're now in the process of installing a 500+ TeraFlop and 1.7 PetaByte cluster at Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC)."

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  • What product will Sun sell?

    The usual motive for purchasing the assets (presumably meaning software but not the company) of a software company is to gain or improve a product sold to increase revenues.

    Your summary doesn't mention how Sun expects to earn back its (immaterial) investment.
    Anton Philidor
    • That is pretty simple for anybody with an IQ in double figures.

      They make this all work with Sun storage products and Solaris, and you get more sales. Really pretty simple.
      DonnieBoy
      • Excessively simple, Donnie.

        Here's a quote from the Comment:

        "So what?s it mean? Sun adds a parallel file system provider to its stable, extends support to Solaris and gets another avenue to wind up in your IT shop. Sun has said it is looking to buy software companies."

        A "parallel file system" means that aspect is redundant.

        Sun isn't selling Solaris anymore, and even if making this work with Solaris is pleasant for a few current Solaris users, it's unlikely to obtain additional Solaris users anyway.

        And getting into the data center is not entry into an exclusive club. Nor is walking amidst the machinery and the staff especially profitable in itself.

        "I received this gift from Aunt Emily" is not the same as "I gave a large amount of money to Aunt Emily."

        The higher double digits would be commendable, Donnie.
        Anton Philidor