Go Open


To the creators of Open Source Storage, Freedom Matters  Go Open isn’t just a slogan, it’s a promise for the future of technology throughout the world.

We understand the pressures you’re under to achieve cheaper, faster, and better system developments. And in today’s highly competitive, global market, the squeeze on your I.T. budgets has intensified the need to become more efficient and cost-effective in your technology choices.

Open Source Storage, (OSS) was founded in 2001 by visionary and creator of the open source storage movement, Eren Niazi. Eren envisioned a world where the largest enterprises were using open source software in large scale data center deployments. Consequently, the technologies OSS developed have become the model for industry storage solutions.

We are experts in enterprise level open source deployments and integrating open source solutions into existing business infrastructures. OSS solutions are designed to offer the choices and flexibility to requirements.

Freedom Matters…

OSS is about the paradigm shift of setting technology free and allowing it to evolve. Break free from proprietary lock-in vendors and for-a-use-fee solutions. OSS encourages disruption from the norm with technologies that allow customers to deploy cost-effective, reliable solutions.

Are you ready to make Freedom Matter? Are you ready to Go Open? We’re ready to help!

“Higher levels of functionality and scalability, greater levels of security, and faster time to market at a lower cost to deliver are all realities of these new open source environments.”

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Freedom is about the ability to react quickly, seize the opportunity, and shape the future your way. When it comes to exercising your freedom to Go Open, having access to the right solutions makes all the difference.

“From the boardroom to the cubicle, global customers no longer just require hardware or software systems; instead, they demand solutions that integrate new and existing technologies to achieve their goals.”

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Our approach is integrated systems, using tuned open source software stacks. Our products are designed as building blocks to support scalability, ranging from startups to large enterprise systems.


Our custom enterprise solutions support Hadoop for big data, database clusters, web 2.0, and sheer compute solutions. Contact us for more information on how Open Source Storage can architect a solution to meet your needs.


When it comes to making freedom matter for your data management needs, knowledge is power.

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Building Capabilities with Gamification
“Open source design processes support the premise that success is measured through network-based collaboration for technology infrastructures supporting all versions and styles of an agile development process.”
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To leverage the freedom and opportunity of an Open Source Storage solution, you need an experienced and proven team to lead the way. The core OSS team delivers unprecedented expertise in technology vision and strategy, informing innovative design principles and integration techniques, validating their individual and collective achievements in the commercial, government, and academic markets.

The OSS Partnership Network extends our capabilities and services. Our partners’ experience spans all the way from ground-up-data-center builds, to managed services and numerous touch points in between. Together, this powerful blend of real world expertise and experience ensures that we deliver our promised results.


Eren Niazi


Eren is the creator of the Open Source Storage movement, a serial entrepreneur, and a visionary. The technologies that Eren developed in the early- to mid- 2000s became the model for data storage solutions today, and this is a movement he continues to champion. As a teenager, Eren envisioned a world where the largest enterprises were running on commodity hardware and Open Source software. He holds several U.S. Patents for disruptive technologies including 1U and 2U servers as well as a cable management solution, and is deeply involved in various software, hardware, green tech, and agriculture technologies.

Eren designed Facebook’s core systems during its hyper-growth phase and was instrumental in supporting Friendster, the Web's first social media platform. Eren's enterprise level Open Source products and services have all resulted in world class, industrial strength deployments.

He was recently featured in The Street and Forbes as a comeback in tech worth watching, ranked in Red Herring’s Top 20 promising Open Source start-ups.

Committed to social and environmental sustainability, Eren holds a patent in a renewable energy design for horticulture.  With a mission of the global development of socially conscious and sustainable agriculture, his technologies are used to harvest waste energy gasses that are coupled with alternative energy sources for a new generation of high-tech agriculture.   He also leads the non-profit “Technology for Charity” whose mission is to bring together experts in the field of Information Technology who donate their time and experience to support charities and organizations in need.

Leynette Larioza



Leynette is the Chief Operating Officer with an impressive career that brings more than 30 years of experience spanning the end-to-end lifecycle process of complex high-end technology systems.  Her experience with open source and open standards began in the early 1980s with BSD Unix, C, X11 (X Window System), and BBS (Bulletin Board System).  She has a proven understanding of business processes and the ability to build, lead, and motivate high-achieving cross-functional teams’ makes her well suited to drive Open Source Storage towards success.

As principal program manager of high-end systems quality at Sun/Oracle, Leynette led critical product quality and customer satisfaction programs with a specialty for resolving quality and customer issues affecting large-scale complex system installations.  She has been involved with large customer data centers worldwide, managing system issues through to resolution as well as managing expectations of customer executives.  This real world data center experience and understanding of customer expectation gives her the practical experience needed to plan and manage large scale data centers.  She led a team of physicists, scientists, and engineers who were responsible for solving the catastrophic datacenter system failures.

Prior to Sun/Oracle, Leynette was with the Maui High Performance Computing Center, and Cray Research.  At the Maui High Performance Computing Center, she was instrumental in build out of the computing center as well as building the high performing teams responsible for infrastructure management, facility security, project management, established benchmarks, and supported academic, commercial, and government clients, at what was IBM's largest SP2 complex.

Leynette holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Systems from Coleman College.



Marc Rotzow


Over the last 20 years, Marc has designed and managed a wide array of enterprise data solutions. He was instrumental in architecting the data storage solutions that secured a Linux distribution that resulted in many features initially designed for the enterprise market being integrated into the general purpose distribution.

Marc was Sr. Manager of Systems Operations at 8x8 where he oversaw infrastructure for the company’s VoIP services, managed hosting, global DNS, and monitoring.  Additionally, Marc was Sr. Manager of Operations at FriendFinder Networks and revamped all infrastructure and data center properties, which today support over 600,000,000 registered users. Previously, Marc was with Apple overseeing several transitions within their corporate technology infrastructure. Marc has been involved a number of patented chassis designs as well as networking equipment.  These designs are centered on the reduction of power consumption while increasing density in the data center.

Patrick Willis

EVP Strategic Partnerships Media, Entertainment, and Sports

Patrick is responsible for developing strategic partnerships in sports, media, and entertainment by leveraging key knowledge and experience in these market sectors. Patrick has always had an interest in technology and innovation, and similar to his love for football, is passionate about the opportunities for open source technologies. In 2015, Patrick left the San Francisco 49ers as one of the greatest linebackers to wear a 49ers uniform. Patrick is also an OSS Advisory Board member.

Patrick holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Mississippi.

Paul Kelley

Advisory Board Member

Paul supports OSS with his 35 years of sales management experience at Fortune 1000 companies including Businessland and VA Linux Systems. He provides us with a wealth of knowledge, vision, and experience in sales and customer support.

Through its commitment to innovation and excellence in open source technologies and our extensive partnership network, OSS has brought together a team of datacenter experts, innovators of technology solutions, and strategic systems engineers to form our core body of knowledge of cloud engineering. Cloud engineering is an interdisciplinary systematic approach to the commercialization, standardization, governance, architecting, operating, and maintaining private, hybrid, and public cloud offerings. If you are interested in becoming part of the Partnership Network, give us a call or e-mail us at: partnership@opensoursestorage.com



We would love to show you how freedom matters when it comes to an economical, scalable solution to meet your business requirements.

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