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In what appears to be an extension of its competitive interest in the OpenDocument Format, Sun has donated the source code for its Solaris/Java-based StorageTek 5800 digital archive storage system, the erstwhile Project Honeycomb, to the OpenSolaris storage and Java.net communities.

The so-called StorageTek 5800 Open Edition has also been offered to the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) for use with standards development around the new XAM object access standard still under review.

Sun says the Fedora Commons will also contribute its code to the same communities and use the 5800 source code for development.

Developers are supposed to experience the simplicity of storing and retrieving fixed content data and metadata efficiently.

Sun argues that “the increasing need to digitize and preserve business images, records, consumer- and corporate-created digital content, e-science work and high-performance computing (HPC) data for hundreds of years is making file-based data and the management of file-based storage assets a serious challenge.”

Of course it argues against proprietary solutions.

The Honeycomb binary code runs on x86 systems.

See www.opensolaris.org/os/project/honeycomb.


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