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Sistina Software was an organization that focused on storage solutions architected around a Linux platform. They were acquired by RedHat in December, 2003. Their two primary offerings were GFS (Global File System) and LVM (Logical Volume Manager).

GFS is a cluster file system on Linux that allows servers to transparently access a single file system on a storage area network (SAN). Its highlights are performance and reliability (journaling filesystem, scalability through parallelism, etc).

LVM has become a part of the Linux kernel. It is a subsystem which allows arbitrary physical storage to be recognized as a virtual disk device. The physical storage can be remote, or it can even consist of multiple physical devices, but LVM abstracts those distinctions away from the operating system user. LVM also provides services for backing up data.

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redhat.com | Red Hat Continues Scale Out of Open Source Architecture with Sistina Acquisition (471 words)
Sistina is a leader in what industry data estimates is a $2 billion storage infrastructure marketplace.
Sistina's storage infrastructure software is the foundation for building, integrating and deploying data-sharing storage solutions across the enterprise.
Red Hat's acquisition of Sistina is expected to be completed in early January at a purchase price of approximately $31M to be paid through issuance of Red Hat common stock.
Red Hat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1011 words)
For years, employees of Cygnus Solutions were the maintainers of several key GNU software products, including the GNU Debugger and GNU Binutils (which included the GNU Assembler and Linker).
Open source software lies at the foundation of their business model.
Despite these issues, the company is still largely regarded as a leading supporter of free software and a significant contributor to the free software community.
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