This, however, is allegedly only the tip of the iceberg of Apple's adoption of ZFS, making the outcome of NetApp's lawsuit important to more than just Sun.… Read more
We just keep going further down the rabbit hole, and the lawyers haven't even started discussions yet. I'm referring, of course, to NetApp's patent infringement lawsuit against Sun, which Sun has dismissed as "factually incorrect" and, interestingly, driven by fear of open source. ZDNet posted this from Sun:NetApp's legal attack against Sun's open source ZFS solution which is freely available in the marketplace is a clear indication that NetApp considers Sun technology a threat, and is a direct attack on the open source community.… Read more
It's fascinating to see how blogs are being used these days.
On Wednesday, Dave Hitz, co-founder of NetApp, used his blog to explicate the company's reasons for suing Sun Microsystems over ZFS patent infringement. On Thursday, Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun, fired back using his own blog, telling a very different story from Hitz's.
And, when I asked NetApp to respond to why it had chosen to respond to Sun now, rather than when Sun announced it was open-sourcing ZFS, Hitz replied...in a comment to my blog.
This is a very new world we live in. It's also one that Schwartz is convinced open source will win, as he suggests (in his blog):… Read more
Network Appliance just announced that it is suing Sun Microsystems for patent infringement related to Sun's ZFS technology. Dave Hitz, co-founder and executive vice president of NetApp, pinged me to notify me of the suit and referenced his blog. I'll be following up with Sun's position on the suit as soon as it becomes clear.
About 18 months ago, Sun's lawyers contacted NetApp with a list of patents they say we infringe, and requested that we pay them lots of money. We responded in two ways. First, we closely examined their list of patents. Second, we identified the patents in our portfolio that we believe Sun infringes.… Read more
Apple has clarified reports regarding the use of Sun's ZFS file system in Leopard, confirming that ZFS is present in the operating system but that Apple has not yet made it the default file system.
Last week, Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz said that Apple planned to announce a switch to ZFS as the basic file system for Mac OS X at its Worldwide Developers Conference. That announcement didn't arrive on Monday as part of the WWDC extravaganza, and then Information Week reported Monday that an Apple executive denied that ZFS was present in Leopard.