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Seagate embraces open source

Storage specialist joins Openstack Foundation, Open Compute Project

Seagate embraces open source
Seagate will now try to help cloud builders develop solutions using open platforms.

Storage giant Seagate Technology today announced it has become a corporate sponsor member of the global OpenStack Foundation and Open Compute Project as part of an effort to partner with industry players to define and promote open source standards for cloud computing.

The company will now try to help cloud builders develop more scalable, customisable solutions using open platforms.

"Today's explosion of data has forced cloud and big data customers to constantly look for ways to improve their storage infrastructure while lowering their total cost of ownership," said Scott Horn, Seagate's vice president of marketing.

"As an industry pioneer, Seagate is excited to take the first of a number of industry-changing steps in joining the open source community and leveraging our vast knowledge of storage and cloud optimised solutions to help foster the growth of cloud storage solutions."

By becoming official members of the OpenStack Foundation and Open Compute Project, Seagate will be joining a community of more than 150 companies who are focused on building cloud architecture based on open source software and open standards including Rackspace, Red Hat, AT&T, Cisco, HP, and Dell. As a member of both organisations, Seagate will lend its support in the optimisation of open hardware and software systems.

"We are excited to welcome Seagate to the OpenStack community," said Mark Collier, COO of the OpenStack Foundation.

"Their commitment to open cloud architecture and extensive storage expertise will benefit the whole community.  We look forward to advancing the OpenStack mission with the support of Seagate."

"As customers venture into the cloud, key factors influencing buying decisions are choice of architecture and data portability because clients do not want to be locked into vendors or proprietary architectures," said Dan Iacono, IDC's research director for storage in cloud solutions.

"Seagate's commitment to open communities, such as OpenStack and Open Compute, where people with similar philosophies about cloud architecture and open-source software and hardware openly collaborate together to develop the best solution possible is only going to benefit all stakeholders, consumers and the industry in general."

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