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Developer(s)Skytechnology Sp. z o.o.[1]
Stable release
Operating systemLinux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, Solaris
TypeDistributed file system

LizardFS is an open source distributed file system that is POSIX-compliant and licensed under GPLv3.[2][3] It was released in 2013 as fork of MooseFS.[4]

LizardFS is a distributed, scalable and fault-tolerant file system. This is achieved by spreading data over several physical servers and their associated physical data storage. This storage is presented to the end-user as a single logical name space.[5] The file system is designed so that it is possible to add more disks and servers “on the fly”, without the need for any server reboots or shut-downs.[6]


LizardFS is used as the underlying distributed file system for a product developed by CloudWeavers that uses the OpenNebula cloud management platform, marketed as hyper-converged infrastructure.[7] Other possible use cases include storage for cloud hosting services, render farms and backups.[8][9][10]

High availability and the native Microsoft Windows client are licensed features that are available under a support contract. Alternatively, a time-limited trial version of the Windows client is available and high availability can be achieved manually by scripting.[11]

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  1. ^ "Skytechnology - Our products".
  2. ^ "LizardFS: Software-defined storage, as it should be (original article in German)". April 27, 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-06.
  3. ^ "Mr. Blue Coat: (updated) Distributed File System benchmark". Retrieved 2016-05-06.
  4. ^ "ZFS + glusterfs on two or three nodes". Retrieved 2016-05-06.
  5. ^ "". GitHub. Retrieved 2016-05-06.
  6. ^ Korenkov, V. V.; Kutovskiy, N. A.; Balashov, N. A.; Baranov, A. V.; Semenov, R. N. (2015-01-01). "JINR Cloud Infrastructure". Procedia Computer Science. 4th International Young Scientist Conference on Computational Science. 66: 574–583. doi:10.1016/j.procs.2015.11.065.
  7. ^ "the NodeWeaver storage platform".
  8. ^ "Eracks Continues Openstack And Cloud Commitment, With Upgraded Storage Servers, As Well As Private Cloud Hosting Services". Retrieved 2016-05-09.
  9. ^ "LizardFS: Software-defined storage, as it should be (original article in German)". Retrieved 2016-05-09.
  10. ^ "Skytechnology | LizardFS". Retrieved 2016-05-09.
  11. ^ "Review of LizardFS by a Real User".

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