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[Apple] ZFS in OS X Snow Leopard Server

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For business-critical server deployments, Snow Leopard Server adds read and write support for the high-performance, 128-bit ZFS file system, which includes advanced features such as storage pooling, data redundancy, automatic error correction, dynamic volume expansion, and snapshots.
Source [Apple.com]

The apple page is all marketing, so see wiki or Sun's page for zfs info. A 128-bit zfs system is inconceivably large

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If a billion computers each filled a billion individual file systems per second, the time required to reach the limit of the overall system would be almost one thousand times the estimated age of the universe.
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Project leader Bonwick said, "Populating 128-bit file systems would exceed the quantum limits of earth-based storage. You couldn't fill a 128-bit storage pool without boiling the oceans."

Edited by rabidgnome229 - 6/10/08 at 11:49am
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Wow I totally destroyed my brain reading about file systems lol.
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I don't know anything about ZFS... Nor do those articles clarify it for me lol

Here, put it in simple terms for me: how does it compare to EXT or Reiser or NTFS for that matter? Basically, is this a good thing or a bad thing?
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I don't know anything about ZFS... Nor do those articles clarify it for me lol

Here, put it in simple terms for me: how does it compare to EXT or Reiser or NTFS for that matter? Basically, is this a good thing or a bad thing?
A quick trip to google for zfs benchmark makes it look like zfs is extremely fast at the expense of CPU usage. Other than that it can hold more data than is possible to generate without a revolutionary breakthrough or two. It's an alternative that has some very interesting features, with a few limitations. Note that this is intended for OSX Server, not desktop usage
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It's time to turn on the stove at the bottom of the ocean. I want this thing filled, and now!
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I don't know anything about ZFS... Nor do those articles clarify it for me lol

Here, put it in simple terms for me: how does it compare to EXT or Reiser or NTFS for that matter? Basically, is this a good thing or a bad thing?
For servers its a good thing, but for desktop users it means pretty much nothing.
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