Sun, NetApp Still in Legal Tussle

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-04-27 Print this article Print

Sun has a legal conflict with storage maker NetApp that is still in the discovery phase.

NetApp filed a lawsuit against Sun on Sept. 5, 2007, seeking damages and a permanent injunction against the company and claiming Sun infringed on several patents regarding NetApp's own WAFL (Write Anywhere File Layout) file system.

NetApp claims Sun's ZFS (Zettabyte File System), which is included in Sun's Unix-derived Solaris operating system, is patterned directly after its own WAFL file system.

NetApp characterized the suit as a defensive step after Sun sought to charge NetApp to license its technology, NetApp officials said.

Sun, which claims to have created ZFS long before it released the code to the open-source community in 2007, has responded with three countersuits of its own against NetApp and its entire product line, seeking both injunctions and monetary damages. Court dates have yet to be set in that legal action.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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