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Oracle and SUN When it comes to dealing with storage, Solaris 10 provides admins with more choices than any other operating system. Right out of the box, it offers two filesystems, two volume managers, an iscsi target and initiator, and, naturally, an NFS server. Add a couple of Sun packages and you have volume replication, a cluster filesystem, and a hierarchical storage manager. Trust your data to the still-in-development features found in OpenSolaris, and you can have a fibre channel target and an in-kernel CIFS server, among other things. True, some of these features can be found in any enterprise-ready UNIX OS. But Solaris 10 integrates all of them into one well-tested package. Editor's note: This is the first of our published submissions for the 2008 Article Contest.
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RE[3]: ZFS is a dead end.
by segedunum on Fri 25th Apr 2008 02:37 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ZFS is a dead end."
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Please stop parroting one Linux developer's view. Go look at the ZFS docs. ZFS is layered.

Feel free to describe what those layers are and what they do. It certainly isn't layered into a filesystem, volume manager and RAID subsystems.

ZFS was designed to make volume management and filesystems easy to use and bulletproof.

When it's been around as long as the Vertitas Storage System, or indeed, pretty much any other filesystem, volume manager or software RAID implementation, give us a call.

What you and linux guys want defeats that purpose and the current technologies in linux land illustrate that fact to no end.

I don't see lots of Linux users absolutely desperate to start ditching what they have to use ZFS.

That's just plain wrong. ZFS is working fine on BSD and OS X.

I'm afraid you've been at the Sun koolaid drinking fountain. ZFS is not implemented in a working fashion in any way shape or form on OS X (Sun always seems to get very excited about OS X for some reason) or FreeBSD. They are exceptionally experimental, and pre-alpha, and integrating it with existing filesystems, volume managers and RAID systems is going to be exceptionally difficult unless they just go ZFS completely.

On my Solaris box I have UFS and ZFS filesytems with zero problems. In fact I can create a zvol from my pool and format it with UFS.

So what? You're sitting on a Solaris box. When you have HPFS, LVM, RAID and other partitions on your system and you're working out how to consolidate them (or you're a non-Solaris OS developer trying to work that out), give us a call.

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