NetApp's IP patent infringement lawsuit against rival Sun Microsystems may throw a wrench in Sun's reported report on American Lawyer's AM Law.com site., according to a
Two years ago, NetApp
Sun, in response,, alleging NetApp violated a dozen of its patents.
For Sun, which reportedly has, the NetApp lawsuit could pose a potential problem.
The ZFS file system is a key part of Solaris, and Solaris' role in the open-source community puts it in anin relation to IBM's efforts. IBM, as a result, may not want to lose that connection to the open-source community should NetApp prevail in its Sun lawsuit.
But NetApp also has a relationship it may want to retain with IBM.
Back in 2005, the companies
That IBM-NetApp relationship is still intact, which is sold by Big Blue under its IBM System Storage N Series, an IBM spokesman said.
NetApp did not return e-mails or phone calls seeking comment. IBM declined to comment on rumors or speculation regarding merger talks involving Sun.