The very first time I heard of ZFS, I thought it bore a remarkable similarity to NetApp’s WAFL. Sure, there were some other parts that were genuinely new and worthwhile, and some that NetApp had rightly eschewed as snake oil and bad engineering, but in their haste to take credit for solving all of the world’s problems it seemed like the folks at Sun were trying to take credit for someone else’s ideas. I wondered how they thought they could get away with that, and apparently I wasn’t the only one to wonder. Sun does a lot of cool stuff technically, but they also seem to have a corporate culture that breeds jerks, so I’d probably be rooting for NetApp even if they weren’t clearly in the right. Give ‘em hell.