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Storage Suppliers Stage Linux Love-In

Storage vendors were out in force at the LinuxWorld event in San Francisco this week, jumping on the open source bandwagon and touting a slew of virtualization and 10-Gbit/s Ethernet products.

More and more users are turning to Linux-based systems in an attempt to shave their storage costs, with the technology now at the core of data centers for the likes of Google, Lawrence Livermore Labs, NASA, and Pixar. (See Google, Livermore Taps Clustering, NASA, and Pixar.) This, in turn, has prompted a flurry of activity from storage vendors making their offerings Linux-compatible. (See Virtual HBAs Hitch Servers & Storage, Emulex HBA Joins Linux Kernel, EMC, Oracle Team Up, HP Vows More Virtualization, and IBM Buys DataMirror for $162M.)

While users for some time now have been touting the cost benefits of open source Linux versus proprietary products from the likes of Microsoft, technologies like virtualization, file management, and clustering are helping push the worlds of Linux and storage closer together.

"With virtual machines in Windows you have to pay per instance, but with Linux you dont have to do that," says 451 Group analyst Henry Baltazar.

A sampling of this week's storage-related LinuxWorld announcements highlights the increasingly cozy pairing:

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