iXsystems

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iXsystems, Inc.
Private
Industry Computer hardware
Predecessor BSDi, Walnut Creek CD-ROM, Telenet Systems Solutions
Founder Michael Lauth, Matt Olander
Headquarters San Jose, California, United States
Number of locations
2
Key people
Michael Lauth, Matt Olander, Jordan Hubbard, Kris Moore, Dru Lavigne
Products FreeNAS, PC-BSD, TrueNAS, Servers
Website ixsystems.com

iXsystems, Inc. is a privately owned American computer technology company based in San Jose, California that develops, sells and supports computing and storage products and services. With strong ties to the FreeBSD community, the company sponsors and develops the FreeBSD-based PC-BSD[1] open source operating system and FreeNAS open source network-attached storage system. iXsystems is also a sponsor and attendee of open-source community events.

History[edit]

iXsystems was founded in 1991 as Berkeley Software Design, Inc. (BSDI, later BSDi) by Rick Adams and members of the University of California, Berkeley Computer Systems Research Group (CSRG), including Keith Bostic, Kirk McKusick, Mike Karels, Bill Jolitz and Donn Seeley.[2] In the year 2000, Berkeley Software Design, Inc. acquired enterprise server manufacturer Telenet System Solutions, Inc.,[3][4] which was founded in 1996 and operated from the same San Jose, California office and manufacturing facility that iXsystems operates today. In 2001, BSDi sold its operating systems business to Wind River Systems and spun off its hardware business and iXtreme[5] line of servers as iXsystems, Inc.[6] In 2002, OffMyServer, Inc., owned by two BSDi employees, acquired iXsystems, Inc.[7] and operated it as OffMyServer, Inc. until restoring the iXsystems name in 2005.

In 2006, iXsystems adopted the PC-BSD[8] project and hired its founder, Kris Moore. In 2007, iXsystems acquired FreeBSD Mall, Inc., reuniting all the portions of the original BSDi that had been spun off to Wind River Systems. In 2009, iXsystems negotiated to continue the FreeNAS project when its developers decided to move it to Debian Linux. iXsystems introduced a comprehensive rewrite of FreeNAS in 2011 which now provides the platform for the "FreeNAS Mini" SMB NAS arrays and "TrueNAS" enterprise storage arrays. In August 2010, BSD author Dru Lavigne joined iXsystems and in July 2013, Jordan K. Hubbard,[9] one of the founders of the FreeBSD project,[10] joined iXsystems as CTO.[11]

Products and services[edit]

Servers[edit]

iXsystems designs, sells and supports custom x86 servers for workgroups through data centers with a focus on support for the FreeBSD operating system. The company relies on partnerships with hardware vendors Intel, Supermicro, Western Digital and LSI Corporation combined with on-staff FreeBSD developers. All iXsystems servers are subjected to a three-day burn-in process to reduce returns and are available with Linux as an alternative operating system.

TrueNAS[edit]

On Aug 3, 2011, iXsystems introduced the TrueNAS[12] line of enterprise storage arrays. TrueNAS is a network-attached storage (NAS) system and storage area network (SAN) device that supports the SMB, AFP, NFS, iSCSI, SSH, rsync and FTP/TFTP sharing protocols over Ethernet and Fibre Channel network fabrics. TrueNAS also supports vendor-certified protocols including VMware VAAI, Microsoft CSV, ODX, and VSS, and Veeam. A custom, tool-less enclosure provides TrueNAS High Availability using dual controllers, and four user-serviceable components: disks, power supplies, fans and the controllers themselves. TrueNAS uses the OpenZFS file system in hybrid and all-flash configurations up to 3.84 Petabytes in raw capacity.

FreeNAS Certified[edit]

The iXsystems FreeNAS Certified[13] line of small and medium-sized enterprise storage arrays are designed to run the FreeNAS storage operating system and are available in 1U, 2U and 4U configurations.

FreeNAS Mini and Mini XL[edit]

The iXsystems FreeNAS Mini[14] line of SOHO storage arrays are designed to run the FreeNAS storage operating system and are available in 4 bay and 8 bay configurations.

FreeNAS[edit]

Main article: FreeNAS

On November 19, 2010, iXsystems introduced FreeNAS 8 Beta, its first released of the popular free and open-source software-defined storage project that it adopted and rewrote. FreeNAS is based on the on FreeBSD operating system and the OpenZFS file system.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mayank Sharma (13 October 2006). "Why iXsystems bought PC-BSD". linux.com. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Dr. Peter Salus (2005). "The Daemon, the GNU and the Penguin - Ch. 16, by Dr. Peter Salus". Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "BSDI Acquires Telenet System Solutions - Slashdot". bsd.slashdot.org. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  4. ^ Scott, Joseph. "So What Is BSDi Up To? - O'Reilly Media". www.onlamp.com. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  5. ^ "IXTREME Trademark - Serial Number 76136753 :: Justia Trademarks". trademarks.justia.com. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  6. ^ "Wind River to Acquire BSDi Software Assets, Extending Development Platforms to Include Robust UNIX-based Operating Systems for Embedded Devices". www.windriver.com. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  7. ^ "OffMyServer purchases iXsystems (formerly BSDi) Server Business!". iXsystems, Inc. - Enterprise Storage & Servers. 2002-08-28. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  8. ^ Lavigne, Dru. "Why iXsystems Bought PC-BSD - O'Reilly Media". www.onlamp.com. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  9. ^ "Apple's Operating System Guru Goes Back to His Roots". WIRED. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  10. ^ "About the FreeBSD Project". Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Apple's Jordan Hubbard Joins iXsystems. Prweb.com. Retrieved on 16 April 2014.
  12. ^ TrueNAS website
  13. ^ FreeNAS Certified website
  14. ^ FreeNAS Mini website