Originally Posted by kwatson
ZFS is a truly killer multiuser nonclustered filesystem. I won't delve into detail, but it has many, many features that put it far ahead of HFS+, NTFS, ext3, etc in terms of flexibility and robustness. Shame Apple didn't adopt it, it's ported to FreeBSD, and should have been a shoe-in to OS X. Political.
Apple included a trial ZFS implementation in a prior OS X. I played with it a bit across several Macs and external HDDs.
I think Apple abandoned it for several reasons:
-- it was overkill for the requirements of most
-- Apple couldn't figure out how to simplify the complexity with a GUI to make it usable to any but the most technical Mac users
I am surprised/disappointed it is not part of OS X Server.
There is a point, fast approaching, where the typical household with several computers, lots of AV content, iPods, iPads and smart phones..
There is a need for a simple, inexpensive content server/sync/backup solution. Likey, part will be in the home and the bulk in the cloud.
The aim is to offload all the difficult, messy, time-consuming, necessary (and often skipped) tasks to the cloud where they can be handled efficiently.
Here's what we want to be able to do on any of our computers, iPods, iPhones, iPads.
1) notify the cloud that we have ownership (or subscription rights) to any content that can be purchased digitally or hard copy. This includes any CDs, DVDs, books we have purchased. This is [mostly] already available in the cloud, so there is no need for us to rip, upload, backup. etc.
2) upload personal content: home movies, AV compositions, photos, etc. to our private cloud.
3) Automatically, incrementally, backup our computers and incidental content to our private cloud.
4) be able to download/synch/stream the above to any of our devices, anytime -- anywhere.
For convenience, the option to have a local, automatic, incremental backup of critical info (co-ordinated with the cloud). This is a big enough time capsule solution so that we can get up and running, quickly, after a system failure,
That's the home/office/cloud solution that I hope Apple will offer--- and soon!