Inktank, Servergy and Twitter Join Linux Foundation

World’s most innovative companies are using Linux to support complex storage, hyper-efficient servers and massive, real-time data requirements

 SAN DIEGO, Calif., {LinuxCon and CloudOpen} August 28, 2012 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that Inktank, Servergy and Twitter are joining the organization.  

As the importance of data, especially real-time data, takes precedence both in the enterprise and in our personal lives, companies are relying on Linux to support more information, more of the time and in more ways than ever before. Particularly, social media firms all rely on Linux to build out hugely scalable and efficient, low-cost, low-energy server farms to support massive data and traffic.

The Linux Foundation’s Enterprise End User Report released earlier this year shows that nearly 72 percent of users will be adding more Linux servers in the next 12 months to support big data, which is double the percentage of users who plan to add Windows servers to support the same function.

Today’s three new Linux Foundation members, Inktank, Servergy and Twitter, represent how Linux is enabling the world’s most innovative companies to support unprecedented levels of information and provide the foundation for their businesses today and in the future. Inktank and Twitter will be presenting this week at LinuxCon and CloudOpen:

More information about today’s newest Linux Foundation members:

Inktank is the services and support company for Ceph, an open source, distributed storage system that combines object storage, block storage, and file system storage in one unified platform. The technology was created to help organizations scale their storage infrastructure to meet their ever-increasing demand while decreasing storage costs and increasing operational flexibility by freeing them from restrictive, expensive, proprietary storage systems. The company is also actively involved in contributing to OpenStack, CloudStack, btrfs, KVM/QEMU, and several other open source projects.

“Ceph has a long history of collaboration with the Linux community, including the integration of Ceph into the mainline Linux kernel about three years ago,” said Bryan Bogensberger, president and COO, Inktank. “As the project’s advocate and sponsor, Inktank is formalizing its commitment to Linux with its Linux Foundation membership. We are eager to collaborate with developers and business executives from the world’s most aggressive companies to meet their growing storage needs today and into the future.” 

The creator of Ceph, Sage Weil, will share more details about the unified distributed storage system at CloudOpen Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 11:40 a.m.

Servergy designs and manufactures a new class of hyper-efficient, high-performance servers for a world where increasing levels of data center traffic and energy costs are dramatically on the rise. A 2009 Silicon Valley start-up now based in McKinney, Texas, Servergy has developed Power Architecture™-based, enterprise-classLinux machines that reduce the energy, cooling, space, carbon and water footprint of traditional data center servers by as much as 80 percent or more. 

“We’ve seen the level of data center traffic that companies are managing dramatically rise in the last few years, putting both performance and energy costs right at the top of the priority list,” said Bill Mapp, Chairman and CEO of Servergy. “Linux helps us to deliver on both with top performance-per-watt for our customers. We look forward to continued contributions to the advancement of Linux and being a part of the growing community of top companies, globally.”

Twitter is a real-time information service on which people post ideas, comments and news in 140 characters or less. Twitter brings users closer to the topics, events, and people they care most about around the world. Based in San Francisco, Twitter is available around the world in 30 languages, with 140 million active users and 400 million Tweets per day.

This volume of data puts high demands on real-time data processing and the pace of innovation at the company. Twitter is supported by tens of thousands of Linux machines, which allow the company to customize for its unique needs. Twitter is joining The Linux Foundation to support the mission of promoting, protecting and advancing Linux.

“Linux and its ability to be heavily tweaked is fundamental to our technology infrastructure,” said Chris Aniszczyk, Manager of Open Source, Twitter. “By joining The Linux Foundation we can support an organization that is important to us and collaborate with a community that is advancing Linux as fast as we are improving Twitter.”

Twitter’s Chris Aniszczyk will deliver a keynote at LinuxCon on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 9:55 a.m. It is titled “The OSS Behind a Tweet.”

“The addition of Inktank, Servergy and Twitter to The Linux Foundation membership clearly illustrates the dominant role Linux is playing to support technology and business,” said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer services at The Linux Foundation. “We’re excited to formalize our work with these innovators and to hear from them during this week’s LinuxCon and CloudOpen events.”

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2000, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source development community. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and education by hosting Linux conferences, including LinuxCon, and generating original Linux research, Linux videos and content that advances the understanding of the Linux platform. Its web properties, including Linux.com, reach approximately two million people per month. The organization also provides extensive Linux training opportunities that feature the Linux kernel community’s leading experts as instructors. Follow The Linux Foundation on Twitter.

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