FreeBSD 8.2 expands ZFS support (without Oracle)

FreeBSD has expanded support for ZFS in FreeBSD 8.2 and supports ZFS version 15.

Matt Olander (CTO at iXsystems) and Josh Paetzel (IT director at iXsystems) were interviewed by datamation.com.

"FreeBSD 8 is autotuning in a lot of areas, and the autotuning for ZFS has been improved. People who are using ZFS heavily generally were already running 8-STABLE because it was superior to 8.1. 8.2 rolls up those changes into a release."

said Josh Paetzel.

Since being acquired by Oracle, OpenSolaris is now longer alive, but that isn’t going to stop FreeBSD from furthering ZFS development.

"Having seen the writing on the wall some time ago, we started a coalition of several interested companies before OpenSolaris went EOL. This coalition is invested in maintaining FreeBSD and ZFS technology. We are actively working together to make sure that ZFS has a very secure future on FreeBSD."

Olander noted that besides iXsystems he was not at liberty to name the other companies, though he hinted that some of them are fairly large and successful. He added that he is also aware of other efforts to maintain OpenSolaris specifically for ZFS.

"It’s my belief that in time, FreeBSD will become the de facto platform for ZFS as we already have all the pieces and don’t have to maintain an operating system just to keep working on a filesystem,"

Olander said.

Read the whole article: FreeBSD 8.2 expands ZFS support (without Oracle) (datamation.com 25/02/2011)

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