July 7, 2010 – Coraid may face legal action from NetApp if the company does not cease plans to sell the Coraid EtherDrive Z-Series NAS appliance based on the open-source Zettabyte File System (ZFS), according to an article posted on InfoStor sister site Enterprise Storage Forum. NetApp claims that the EtherDrive Z-Series infringes NetApp patents.
As a result, Coraid has suspended the general availability of the EtherDrive Z-Series appliances.
Of course, this is not NetApp's first round of legal wrangling over ZFS. NetApp filed suit to stop Sun from distributing and commercializing ZFS back in 2007. Oracle has since acquired Sun and, according to sources, the two are still embroiled in settlement talks.
Read the full story at Enterprise Storage Forum: "NetApp threatens Coraid over sales of open-source ZFS technology."
And check out Kevin Komiega's blog: "Open season on open-source ZFS?"