The acquisition doesn't change short-term operations or strategic vision, since
"The more people that use the free version, the larger the customer pool that would be willing to pay for the support," Weil said. "That's the basic open-source business model, and
What will change is Inktank's ability to improve its engineering processes, as well as its global reach, he said.
"It's really making a lot of things that we were building as a startup easier," Weil said.
Ceph's open-sourced, software-defined approach allows the system to be used in a range of capabilities, said
"Those things were ideas that were out there. We made them work well, basically," Brandt said. "It's perhaps one of the most successful examples of object-based storage."
In 2011, UCSC launched its
Although Inktank is a private company unaffiliated with UCSC, the acquisition represents a milestone for campus, said Brandt.
"This is a huge success for us with extraordinary visibility," Brandt said. "Our belief is that things like this will get the attention of industry."
Because Ceph was licensed with an open-source model, UCSC will not receive any royalties from the acquisition, said Brandt.
"As a research prototype, it was both too incomplete and too buggy to be used in any real applications and it was clear that a tremendous amount of engineering effort would be required to get it to the point where industry would be interested," Brandt said.
Due to Ceph's open-source nature, anyone could have developed the software as Weil did, said Brandt.
"Anybody would have had the legal right to do what Sage did, but frankly I don't think anybody would have had the ability," Brandt said.
Before attending UCSC, Weil developed two companies, including WebRing, which was sold to
Weil said he credits the UCSC lab for inspiring the software's development.
"The origins of the system are really rooted in the research done by lots of different students in the research group," Weil said. "The key ideas are not all mine."
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