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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Sun sees big future for NFS v.4 in Linux

Jan 10, 2001, 07:46 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Krissi Danielsson, Jan Stafford)

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"If Sun Microsystems' dream comes true, the Linux community will embrace the latest version of its Network File System protocol. Sun's director of Solaris Data Technology Jon Lee is championing the message that Sun NFS, which began as a workgroup file sharing solution, fills enterprise Linux's need for a scalable Internet file access protocol. He is sure that NFS v.4 does that job so well that it will become the file-sharing standard on the Linux operating system. Lee and David Brittle, Solaris Data Technology senior software engineering manager, outlined their company's plan to promote implementation of NFS on Linux...."

"What differentiates Sun's NFS v.4 from other file access protocols?

"Lee:
NFS v.4 is a real, true file access protocol for the Internet. NFS has been around for quite a while as a file sharing protocol that's been very successful in large, enterprise situations. NFS v.4 has added functionalities that make it appropriate for the Internet environment. It's delivering true file access characteristics into the Internet space. There isn't anything quite the same right now on the Internet. In terms of open standard solutions, true file access protocols aren't available outside the realms of NFS...."

"What challenges does Sun face in gaining acceptance of NFS in the Linux community?

"Brittle:
I think there's a fear of Sun "strong-arming" the development process. Because of that, we've deliberately been hands-off. For example, rather than doing all the development in house we?ve funded the University of Michigan Center for Information Technology Integration's work on NFS version 4. Their work was not controlled by Sun. We have a hands-off approach. Linux developers have been free to participate in the work group, because NFS is really being developed in an open community manner. It is under the guidance and direction of IETF, and it has a lot of alias working groups. I think the last count I heard was about 130 people who participate in various IETF working groups...."

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