OrangeFS Adds Windows Client to Next-Gen Parallel File System

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OrangeFS, the next-generation Open Source file system for high-performance computing, now offers native access through a Windows Client.

“The reach of OrangeFS has been extended to the full spectrum of Windows users, including IT administrators, programmers and researchers.” -Walt Ligon, lead architect and founding developer of OrangeFS

Today the Omnibond OrangeFS development team announced availability of the Windows Client, which enables transparent access to the next-generation parallel file system for desktops and servers using Microsoft Windows.

With the new Windows Client, harnessing the power and speed of OrangeFS is as simple or as powerful as you need it to be. If scale-out storage access from the Windows platform is one of your objectives, it is as transparent as mapping a network drive. If, however, you aim to leverage the power of OrangeFS for high-performance parallel computing, full programmatic access is available via standard parallel programming APIs, such as MPICH2. Options for authentication and user mapping include LDAP and X.509 certificates. The Client, which runs as a standard Windows service, supports Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (all editions); x86 and x64.

“By making OrangeFS seamlessly available to the Windows environment, we are advancing one of our primary goals, which is providing diverse access methods to the power and flexibility of OrangeFS,” said Boyd Wilson of Omnibond Systems. “By making OrangeFS access ubiquitous, we can help more customers solve their never ending data growth problems.”

“The reach of OrangeFS has been extended to the full spectrum of Windows users, including IT administrators, programmers and researchers,” Walt Ligon, lead architect and founding developer of OrangeFS, said. “The client sees OrangeFS as a standard Windows drive. You can view files though Windows Explorer and the Command Prompt, or you can access files programmatically through standard function calls—like fopen() in C,” he added.

The Windows Client currently supports 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista, 7, Server 2008 and 2008 R2. Along with all other components of OrangeFS, it can be downloaded at orangefs.org, home of the project’s development community. Parties interested in enterprise support for OrangeFS can visit omnibond.com for more information about a range of commercial-grade services, as well as the latest product roadmap and features discussion.

About OrangeFS
OrangeFS (Orange File System) is the next evolution of the Open Source Parallel Virtual File System (PVFS), designed for high performance computing (HPC) systems that require high-speed access to disk storage in parallel computing applications. OrangeFS continues to embrace these high end computing needs while addressing new directions in stability, redundancy and diverse client access. For more information about the OrangeFS user and development communities, visit orangefs.org.

About Omnibond
Omnibond is a technology development company currently focused on software engineering and support for networked Identity/Access Management, HPC Parallel Virtual File Systems, and Computer Vision technologies. Our newest forays include commercial-grade product services for OrangeFS, the next generation of PVFS for high-performance computing. We are committed to open source development. For more information visit omnibond.com.

Download the Windows Client and all OrangeFS software at http://www.orangefs.org/download.
For more information, send an email to ofs-sales(at)omnibond(dot)com or call 866-541-4041.
For press inquiries, contact Amy Cannon at amycannon(at)omnibond(dot)com.
Community: http://www.orangefs.org
Commercial Services: http://www.orangefs.com

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