Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Analysis :: Netapp sues SUN !

The latest sue is from Netapp and it comes in the wake of ZFS' popularity. Netapp claims that SUN has been unfairly distributing ZFS technology(which infringes 7 Netapp patents) to third parties , without informing those parties about the infringement of Netapp patents. This could particularly get bitter where SUN's open ZFS is the closest competition to the Netapp FS. Jonathan Schwartz ,CEO , SUN however responded saying - "We're all focused on innovation and winning customers, not litigation," he wrote. Sun uses its patent portfolio, he explained, to protect communities and indemnify customers.

"Sun indemnifies its customers, so I'd encourage all interested parties to compare the economics of ZFS and Thumper to what you're currently forced to pay -- the savings are absolutely shocking," Schwartz said. "The rise of the open-source community cannot be stifled by proprietary vendors. I guess not everyone's learned that lesson."

I am sure there is more to come on this . :)

Sunday, September 09, 2007

News-n-Analysis :: Zmanda launches Open-format Windows backup solution

Zmanda has launched an open-format backup solution for Windows in the Amanda family.Good news for all backup folks who wanted an open-ended backup solution on Windows. By the word open-ended i mean, a backup solution that will allow you to backup and restore in formats compatible with Winzip,Pkzip,Compressed Folders etc. This means any data backed up from a Windows box can be restored back even if you do not have Amanda installed , or if you have any of Winzip , Pk-zip or the Compressed Folders feature from Windows itself. Isn't that so cool ? The obvious advantage of this would be that, it eliminates vendor lock-in and takes you out from the jaws of a legacy backup provider to whom you are paying huge sums of money and can't find a way to migrate out ! And more so , its coming off the stable of a leading open-source provider - Zmanda. Here's the link ->