BeeGFS is an open source parallel file system that is suitable for large data storage and environments that require high scalability. Originally known as the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft File System (FhGFS), BeeGFS was designed as a storage solution for high performance computing by the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics in Germany.
As open source software, BeeGFS can be acquired for free. The BeeGFS client is available under the GPLv2 license and the server components are published under the BeeGFS EULA. A support contract for BeeGFS can also be purchased from ThinkParQ which provides support for the software as well as enables additional features for enterprise implementations such as high availability, quota enforcement, and access control lists.
BeeGFS software is not dependent on specific hardware and can support Intel, AMD, ARM, and OpenPOWER. BeeGFS can store data in any Linux POSIX file system including ext4, xfs, and zfs.
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