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.
The BeeGFS parallel file system is comprised of four main parts: the management service, the metadata service, the storage service, and the client service.
The management service is a lightweight service that keeps track of the other services and their states. The management service does not store any user data, and typically does not require a dedicated machine.
BeeGFS Parallel File System Product Brief includes:
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