IBM Makes File System Open Source

IBM Corp. furthered its commitment to the open-source movement Wednesday, announcing it will contribute its AFS Enterprise File System as well as supporting programming talent, to the open-source community.

The technology contribution should give open-source software, most notably Linux, another boost of credibility among corporate shop considering implementing enterprise-level applications and integrated solutions.

According to IBM officials the availability of the file system gives open-source users "a field-proven remote file system" for applications that need higher scalability.

AFS is designed to protect data access by authenticating users, thereby providing a secure and more manageable operating environment that can be deployed across a number of different operating system platforms, said officials of IBM, which is based in Armonk, N.Y.

"With this announcement, IBM continues to build on our vision for AFS. This advancement should deliver a scalable and secure file system that is very easy to manage," said Tracy Futhey, vice provost of computing services at Carnegie Mellon University.

Starting next month the file system will be available through the IBM Public Source License. Users can download the code from IBM's developerWorks Open Source Zone at www.ibm.com/developerworks.

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