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Storage Loves Linux

Relative newcomer Linux and old standby database archiving are a hot pair in storage software these days, showing up together in a slew of new rollouts.

It's not surprising, given the emergence of Linux as a mainstream enterprise operating system, to see it paired with storage functions. Gartner Inc.
forecasts Linux server revenue will reach around $6.3 billion by 2008 after a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.3 percent over five years. IDC
sees it growing 20.2 percent per year until 2008.

Meanwhile, database archiving remains a storage priority. According to Ted Battreall, database archiving product manager at Storage Technology Corp. (StorageTek) (NYSE: STK), 50 percent to 75 percent of enterprise storage consists of files residing on databases. At the same time, with Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) and utility computing picking up, people are looking for new ways to deal with archiving.

Products are emerging from both the storage and the database sides of the industry. Some examples of how archiving is being paired with Linux include the following:

  • 3PARdata Inc. has introduced Linux support for Virtual Copy DBA (see 3Par Offers Virtual Copy DBA for Linux). The software, running on 3PARs InServ storage servers, targets high availability and quick recovery of data in Oracle9i databases running under Linux (see 3PAR Gooses Its X).

    3PAR’s senior marketing director Craig Nunes says Linux is emerging as an operating system of choice in the startup’s three main markets -- financial services, telecom, and government -- usually at the expense of Unix. “A year ago you could see it coming, but it wasn’t as prevalent in the data center,” Nunes says. “We’ve seen quite a big increase in the adoption of Linux, and it seems like a good next place to focus.”

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