Apple allegedly is looking at Sun's Zettabyte File System to upgrade the current technology in its OS X operating system.
A Sun employee working on the project claimed that he had been approached by Apple. The computer maker itself is sticking to its policy of "no comment" on unreleased products.
But it would make sense for Apple to embrace ZFS. The system not only gets rid of the current ceiling in data storage limits by offering several billion more times storage capacity than comparable technologies, it also promises an improved data integrity.
Both Solaris and OS X are Unix-based operating systems, so there Apple shouldn't expect any significant problems in porting over the technology. And lastly, Sun released ZFS under an open source license, making it perfectly legal for Apple to use it without paying Sun a dime.
Microsoft meanwhile is struggling to finish its WinFS file system that was originally scheduled to ship as part of Windows Vista, but (surprise!) has been pulled from the release. In case you're curious and want to take a look, it is currently in beta.
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