Sun puts NetApp lawsuit documents online

Posted by Bill Bradford on Oct 26, 2007

Sun has put documents related to the NetApp lawsuit (regarding ZFS infringing on their patents) online.

Update: Joyent’s Jason Hoffman has posted his thoughts on the matter.

Sun Vs. NetApp – Round 3

Posted by Bill Bradford on Oct 24, 2007

Jonathan Schwartz’s blog has another good entry about the ongoing NetApp vs. ZFS debate.

So last week, I reached out to their CEO to see how we could avoid litigation. I have no interest whatever in suing them. None whatever.

Their objectives were clear – number one, they’d like us to unfree ZFS, to retract it from the free software community. Which reflects a common misconception among proprietary companies – that you can unfree, free. You cannot.

Second, they want us to limit ZFS’s allowable field of use to computers – and to forbid its use in storage devices. Which is quizzical to say the least – in our view, computers are storage devices, and vice versa. So that, too, is an impractical solution.

We’re left with the following: we’re unwilling to retract innovation from the free software community, and we can’t tolerate an encumbrance that limits ZFS’s value – to our customers, the community at large, or Sun’s shareholders.

So now it looks like we can’t avoid responding to their litigation, as frustrated as I am by that (as I said, we have zero interest in suing them). I wanted to outline our response (even if it tips off the folks at Net App), and for everyone to know where we’re headed.

And to be clear, once again, we have no interest whatever in suing NetApps – we didn’t before this case, and we don’t now. But given the impracticality of what they’re seeking as resolution, to take back an innovation that helps their customers as much as ours, we have no choice but to respond in court.

So later this week, we’re going to use our defensive portfolio to respond to Network Appliance, filing a comprehensive reciprocal suit. As a part of this suit, we are requesting a permanent injunction to remove all of their filer products from the marketplace, and are examining the original NFS license – on which Network Appliance was started. By opting to litigate vs. innovate, they are disrupting their customers and employees across the world.

Update: NetApp’s Dave Hitz has posted his response and the email sent to NetApp employees.

Scott McNealy busy as chairman

Posted by Bill Bradford on Oct 17, 2007

This NEWS.COM article has an update on what Sun chairman Scott McNealy is up to these days.

Sun’s “Ultra 24” Workstation

Posted by Bill Bradford on Oct 16, 2007

Sun has posted documentation for an upcoming “Ultra 24” workstation to

The system uses Intel Core 2-series processors instead of CPUs from AMD.


# One Intel Core2 Duo or Core2 Quad processor
# Processor frequencies: 2.0 GHz and faster
# Level 2 Cache from 4 MB to 8 MB per processor
# 8 GB maximum memory
# Four DIMM slots
# 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB registered DDR2-667, registered, ECC DIMM modules supported
# DVD-ROM or DVD-Dual
# Up to four SATA-ll disk drives
# 530W PSU
# Onboard 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet controller with one RJ45 connector on the back panel
# PCIe based graphics card
# Two PCI Express x16 slots
# One PCI Express x8 mechanical slot (x4 electrical)
# One PCI Express x1 slot
# One PCI Express
# Two PCI 33 MHz 32-bit slots
# Six USB 2.0 connectors (two on the front and four on the back of the workstation)
# Two IEEE 1394 connectors on the front panel
# Six audio connectors on the back panel (lined up in two rows of three)
# Microphone-in jack on the front and back panels
# Headphone-out jack on the front panel

The system has not been officially announced yet, so pricing and availability has yet to be determined.

Sun releases UltraSPARC T2 systems

Posted by Bill Bradford on Oct 9, 2007

Sun has released its first UltraSPARC T2-based systems.

The SPARC Enterprise T5120 has up to 8 cores/64 threads (single 1.4Ghz processor), 64G RAM, four Gigabit Ethernt ports, and four 146G SAS disks in a 1U enclosure.

The SPARC Enterprise T5220 has the same specs as the T5120 but can hold up to eight 146G SAS disks in a 2U enclosure.

Sun folds storage into server

Posted by Mike on Oct 1, 2007

According to this article from The Register, Sun is folding its storage unit into its server division, which John Fowler is in charge of. Sun is hoping the server group’s expertise will spurs growth in the storage area.

Sun team-up with NEC

Posted by Mike on Oct 1, 2007

Sun collaborates with NEC to provide services to mid-HPC (high-performance computing) market. This Register’s article details on what services are provided through the agreement.