ZFS everywhere

    ZFS (Sun's Zetta File System) seems to be getting good penetration in a wide variety of places. If you pay attention to such things, you know that Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's CEO, suggested recently that not only was ZFS going to be in the next release of Mac OS X (Leopard), but that it was going to be the default file system. Since this probably doesn't mean much to the Mac user masses, who appreciate the OS and don't worry about the details, I doubt the comments about Steve Jobs loosing a speaking point at Apple's WWDC this week as being likely. The majority of Mac users don't pay much attention to the behind the curtains stuff. You could tell them that Mac OS X is built on 16-bit DOS and they'd be like, 'Oh that's nice.', 'Whatever, it works great' and 'They make it so easy to use.'. Don't get me wrong, they are plenty of Mac geeks who eat the inner workings up and have been running X Windows apps outside of Aqua for years, But I digress.

    Many years ago, not long after I started with Sun, I presented to an ISP on our newest hardware. While talking with the customer afterwards, he mentioned his favorite geek news source, Slashdot.org, and I became hooked. It's part of my personalized Google page, so I keep up on the latest Slashdot worthy news everyday. Recently, I caught this item, Does ZFS Obsolete Expensive NAS/SANs?, discussing using ZFS as part of an inexpensive alternative to traditional NAS/SAN storage. ZFS is included with Solaris 10, and is also part of OpenSolaris, so it is readily available as Open Source, with the corresponding cost structure. As with most technologies, ZFS is still evolving and getting new features, so it isn't everything to everyone just yet. :-)

    Continuing with the theme of ZFS everywhere, besides it getting ported to OSes like Mac OS X and FreeBSD, I stumbled upon this blog about a Google Summer of Code project, ZFS in the Linux kernel?. Apparently this is just one of several efforts to port ZFS to Linux. Building a community around our technologies is a big reason Sun open sourced so much and continues to open source more of our code. Reminds me of something dad says 'A rising tide lifts all boats'. As ZFS and it's community continues to grow and advance, everyone benefits, including Sun.


Update (13 June 2007): A recent posting by ThinGuy has this link, Linus on GPLv3 and ZFS, to Linus Torvalds commenting on Sun's open sourcing, and in particular stating that ZFS is probably the best piece of the OpenSolaris bits, at least from a Linux perspective. Hmmm, and on the same day I posted this item. Great minds think alike, or perhaps Linus is reading my blog. :-) Ohhh, and here is Jonathan Schwartz responding to Linus.
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