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DTC Leading Edge Seminar Series

The Current State of Linux Enterprise Filesystems and Storage


Eric Sandeen
Red Hat

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
3:30 p.m. reception
4:00 p.m. seminar

401/402 Walter Library

SandeenWhile there are over 50 disk and network filesystems in the Linux kernel today, only a handful are actively developed, robust, and scalable enough to be used in an enterprise computing environment today. As disks and storage needs grow, even the "enterprise" filesystems of recent years are beginning to show strain. Some time-tested filesystems are being enhanced for scalability, and other new solutions are being developed from scratch. Block device management tools are also evolving, to offer more flexibility, scalability, and ease of use. This seminar will examine the storage technologies currently shipping in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, with a focus on current abilities and future work.


Eric Sandeen is a Principal Software Engineer and filesystem technical lead at Red Hat®, the world's leading open source and Linux® provider. He is active in development of Linux filesystems including ext3, ext4, and XFS®. Prior to joining Red Hat in 2006, he spent 6 years at Silicon Graphics developing the XFS and CXFS filesystems, and spent life before that as an electrical engineer in the semiconductor manufacturing field. Eric is an alumnus of Grinnell College in Iowa, and the University of Illinois.