The friendly folks at Scality have put up $100,000 to encourage open source development of useful cloud storage bits. It’s open to anyone, not just grad students.

Yup, it’s corporate self-interest at work – Scality sells object-based cloud storage software – but they’re taking an enlightened approach. The resulting code will be open source and is intended to work with a variety of object-based cloud storage services – such as S3 – not just theirs.

Real money
The defined projects have bonuses of $2,000 to $10k. The projects include a Gallery plugin for the

. . . full replacement of the underlying filesystem based storage of content/objects with object storage using the REST interface . . . .

There’s a WordPress plugin project to add an object storage backend to the popular CMD. The $10,000 prize goes for a KVM virtualization storage engine for the Linux Kernel Volume Manager that provides:

. . . block level storage volumes that can be attached to KVM virtual machines. The solution should not require any central node, for example, no central meta-data server and provide a completely stateless operation model.

Here’s the list of defined projects.

Even better
And almost รขโ€ฆโ€ of the money remains uncommitted. If you have an idea for domesticating object storage in the cloud – propose it.

The StorageMojo take
Objects are the future of large-scale storage. If cutting edge stuff gets your heart pumping, this is a good place to start.

Or just collect some cash and move on. Your choice.

Feel free to ask questions in the comments. I’ll ping the Scality guys to get answers.

Courteous comments welcome, of course. I’ve done some work for Scality and like the team. I’m also wondering why Amazon hasn’t done something like this.