77 Open Source Storage Applications

By Cynthia Harvey

53. OpenStack

OpenStack is a full-featured cloud computing platform, which includes object and block cloud storage capabilities. Several commercial providers offer cloud products based on OpenStack technology. Operating System: open source

54. PerlShare

Another Dropbox alternative, PerlShare allows users to set up their own cloud storage servers. Windows and OS X support is under development, but it works on Linux today. Operating System: Linux

55. Pydio

Pydio, previously known as AjaXplorer, offers enterprise-class file syncing and sharing. It aims to offer the same ease of use found in popular cloud storage services. Operating System: Windows, Linux (Android and iOS clients available)

56. SeaFile

SeaFile offers open source cloud storage and file synchronization. You can self-host with the free community or paid professional editions, or you can pay for the service hosting either in Germany or on Amazon's cloud in the U.S. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Android, iOS

57. SparkleShare

Another option for self-hosted storage, SparkleShare is great for keeping frequently changed files up to date. It offers built in encryption and the ability to revert to previously saved versions of a file. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

58. Syncany

Still an alpha release, Syncany allows users to sync and share data using any kind of storage, including public cloud services. All files are encrypted before uploading in order to ensure privacy. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

59. Syncthing

Designed to replace Dropbox and similar services, Syncthing allows users to set up their own cloud storage servers. Key features include encryption, authentication and a Web GUI. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

Storage Management

60. Libvirt Storage Management

Sponsored by Red Hat, this storage virtualization API allows administrators to set up storage pools and volumes. It supports all the major hypervisors and a variety of storage pool types. Operating System: Linux

61. OHSM

Short for "Online Hierarchical Storage Manager," OHSM can automatically move data between high- and low-cost media depending on how often it has been accessed. It allows enterprises to set up and enforce policies for where storage should be allocated and when it should be relocated. Operating System: Linux

62. openAttic

OpenATTIC is a software-defined storage platform that offers support for native protocol standards, block-based storage management, snapshot backups, data mirroring and more. It prides itself on being a full-featured storage management system. Operating System: Linux

63. openvStorage

Similar to similar to VMware vSAN, openvStorage describes itself as "an open-source VM storage router for virtual machines." It helps organizations virtualize and manage their storage, while providing a great deal of flexibility and scalability. Operating System: Linux

64. oVirt

Powered by KVM, oVirt is a full virtualization platform that manages virtual machines and networks as well as virtualized storage. Features include high availability, live migration, load balancing, a Web-based interface and more. Operating System: Linux


65. 7-zip

In order to store archived files in as little space as possible, you need to compress them first. 7-zip offers a compression format 2-10 percent more efficient than other compression utilities like WinZip. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

66. ArchivConvert

Winner of multiple awards, ArchivConvert does just what its name suggests—converting archive files from one format to another. It can read 24 different formats and write to 6. Operating System: Windows

67. ArcThemALL!

This compression utility can extract form 33 different formats and write to Zip, 7Z or UPX formats. It can also create self-extracting archives and includes encryption capabilities. Operating System: Windows

68. Keka

For Macs only, Keka can extract 12 different archive formats and create 7Z, Zip, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2, DMG or ISO files. In addition to the link above, it's also available through the Mac App Store. Operating System: OS X

69. PeaZip

PeaZip supports an astounding 150+ archive file formats. It also includes strong encryption, two-factor authentication and secure deletion capabilities for privacy protection. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Data Destruction

70. BleachBit

If you want to be sure that no one can ever recover files you've deleted from your storage system, BleachBit offers secure deletion (shredding) capabilities. It can also protect privacy and help PCs run faster by cleaning out cache, deleting temporary logs, getting rid of cookies, erasing browsing history and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux

71. Darik's Boot And Nuke

To complete erase an entire drive, run DBAN. Commercial services and products, including erasure of RAID arrays, is available through Blancco, the project owner. Operating System: OS Independent

72. Eraser

Eraser securely deletes individual files. It overwrites data so it cannot be recovered, and it includes a customizable scheduler. Operating System: Windows

73. FileKiller

Similar to Eraser, FileKiller completely eliminates all traces of individual files that you want to delete. It allows users to select their level of privacy by determining for themselves how many times erased data should be overwritten. Operating System: Windows

Distributed Storage/Big Data Tools

74. BigData

Big data describes itself as "an ultra high-performance graph database supporting the RDF data model." It can scale to 50 billion edges on a single machine. Commercial support is available. Operating System: OS Independent

75. Hadoop

Apache's Hadoop project is so well known that it has become nearly synonymous with big data. It offers distributed storage and processing of very large data sets. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

76. HPCC

Intended as an alternative to Hadoop, HPCC, or high performance computing cluster, is a distributed data storage and processing platform that scales to thousands of nodes. It was developed by LexisNexis Risk Solutions, which also offers paid enterprise versions of the software. Operating System: Linux

77. Sheepdog

Able to scale to thousands of nodes, Sheepdog offers distributed object storage for volume and container services. It's compatible with OpenStack Swift and Amazon S3. Operating System: Linux

This article was originally published on February 04, 2015

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