Network Appliance just announced that it is suing Sun Microsystems for patent infringement related to Sun's ZFS technology. Dave Hitz, co-founder and executive vice president of NetApp, pinged me to notify me of the suit and referenced his blog. I'll be following up with Sun's position on the suit as soon as it becomes clear.
About 18 months ago, Sun's lawyers contacted NetApp with a list of patents they say we infringe, and requested that we pay them lots of money. We responded in two ways. First, we closely examined their list of patents. Second, we identified the patents in our portfolio that we believe Sun infringes.… Read more