The new openAttic 1.1 storage manager

Minding the Store

Other Corrections

Of course, openAttic 1.1 also includes bugfixes for issues in the previous version. LVM snapshots now work far more reliably, and enlarging the XFS filesystem will also work reliably in the future. Version 1.1.2 even came with a small surprise – with the openAttic team unceremoniously removing support for Oracle's OCFS2 [5]. Considering the fact that the number of OCFS2 users is relatively low, this is unlikely to have practical consequences.

Conclusions: On the Right Track

OpenAttic 1.1 gets many things right; the improved installation process and the fact that packages are now available for Debian Wheezy and Ubuntu 12.04 are significant improvements. Unfortunately, openAttic still lacks any kind of support for RPM-based distributions such as SUSE or RHEL.

OpenAttic 1.1 is far more capable than the previous version. New functions such as ZFS, Btrfs, and LIO significantly boost the software's appeal. If you want to take a closer look at openAttic, the developers offer an ISO [6], which gives you a ready-made openAttic installation. You can also participate in openAttic development if you are interested – the project relies exclusively on open source components. For more details, check out the openAttic website [7].

The Author

Martin Gerhard Loschwitz works as a Cloud Architect with Sys Eleven, where he focuses on OpenStack, distributed storage, and Puppet. In his spare time, he also maintains Pacemaker for Debian.

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