— Oracle is limiting paid support for the open source Lustre clustered file system to Oracle hardware. According to a report from sister site Enterprise Storage Forum, Sun Lustre Storage Systems built with Lustre 2.0 will include the core file system, along with other components which “may or may not be open source.”

“Beginning with the full release of Lustre 2.0, paid support will be limited to those purchasing Lustre bundled with Oracle hardware, and the company won’t provide an upgrade path for 1.8 users who desire support. That means that Lustre 2.0 users who want paid support will need to replace their hardware.

“Oracle says it will continue to host the open source Lustre community, and Lustre 2 will be available as an open source download, just not supported unless it comes bundled with Oracle hardware. Versions 1.8 and 2.0 will be interoperable, but users won’t be able to move from 1.8 to 2.0 with support unless they replace their existing infrastructure, even for legacy Sun hardware configurations. Oracle will continue to support Lustre 1.8 users with software-only service contracts and give them a renewal option.”

Read the full story at Enterprise Storage Forum:
Oracle Makes Lustre Users Buy Hardware for Support

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