The Linux Foundation Creates Open Controller for Software-Defined Storage

The nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, The Linux Foundation, will host OpenSDS – a new open source project to address software-defined storage integration challenges – and ultimately help drive enterprise adoption.

Storage management often would be overly complex and duplicative, with an assortment of plug-ins and competing software-defined storage controllers for each compute framework. The OpenSDS Project aims to radically simplify the state of storage by creating a common, open controller solution across cloud, containerized, virtualized and other environments.

linux osAn initial prototype release is expected to be available Q2 2017 with a BETA release by Q3 2017. OpenSDS will leverage open source technologies, such as Cinder and Manila from the OpenStack community, to best enable support across a wide range of storage products. More details on technical roadmap and release cadence will be available in the coming months.

The OpenSDS Project is comprised of storage users and vendors, including Fujitsu, Hitachi Data Systems, Huawei, Oregon State University, Vodafone and Western Digital. The project would also help unite open source communities of interest such as Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Docker, OpenStack, and Open Container Initiative.


“This is a key milestone in the storage industry, with major vendors coming together for the common good of our collective customers,” said Steven Tan, Chief Architect, SDS Management, Huawei. “OpenSDS will make it easier to utilize storage from any vendor using the same SDS control architecture across different environments. Our goal is to work with the open source community to deliver value to customers with an open SDS controller that simplifies management, promotes interoperability, and delivers Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS).”

The OpenSDS technical community will host discussions on a dedicated mailing list: [email protected]. For more information about OpenSDS or to learn how to participate, please email [email protected].

Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together would deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company.

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