XtreemFS 1.3.0 release candidate arrives with new licence
The developers of the open source distributed and replicated file system, XtreemFS, have announced, after almost a year of development, the first release candidate for version 1.3. The new version offers cross-site replication with auto-failover as its major new feature, allowing it to work in potentially unreliable cloud environments.
Replication has also been enhanced to allow for read/write replication, rather than read-only replication. Version 1.3 also sees the licence change from GPLv2 to the "New BSD Licence". Although development has been subject to some delay, the developers have an aggressive roadmap which sees two enhanced releases of 1.3 by the end of this year and a quota-supporting 1.4 in early 2012.
XtreemFS includes a client and server package, with the client performing full metadata caching, client-side, for better responsiveness. Clients are available to download for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, with servers pre-built for a range of Linux systems, and the C++/Java source available for porting to other systems. Some notes are available for those upgrading from 1.2 to 1.3. XtreemFS is funded by the European Union IST Programme.