On Sun, Jan 20, 2013 at 6:19 PM, Richard Elling <richard.ell...@gmail.com>wrote:

> On Jan 20, 2013, at 8:16 AM, Edward Harvey <imaginat...@nedharvey.com>
> wrote:
> > But, by talking about it, we're just smoking pipe dreams.  Cuz we all
> know zfs is developmentally challenged now.  But one can dream...
> I disagree the ZFS is developmentally challenged. There is more development
> now than ever in every way: # of developers, companies, OSes, KLOCs,
> features.
> Perhaps the level of maturity makes progress appear to be moving slower
> than
> it seems in early life?
>  -- richard

Well, perhaps a part of it is marketing.   Maturity isn't really an excuse
for not having a long-term feature roadmap.  It seems as though "maturity"
in this case equals stagnation.  What are the features being worked on we
aren't aware of?  The big ones that come to mind that everyone else is
talking about for not just ZFS but openindiana as a whole and other storage
platforms would be:
1. SMB3 - hyper-v WILL be gaining market share over the next couple years,
not supporting it means giving up a sizeable portion of the market.  Not to
mention finally being able to run SQL (again) and Exchange on a fileshare.
2. VAAI support.
3. the long-sought bp-rewrite.
4. full drive encryption support.
5. tiering (although I'd argue caching is superior, it's still a checkbox).

There's obviously more, but those are just ones off the top of my head that
others are supporting/working on.  Again, it just feels like all the work
is going into fixing bugs and refining what is there, not adding new
features.  Obviously Saso personally added features, but overall there
don't seem to be a ton of announcements to the list about features that
have been added or are being actively worked on.  It feels like all these
companies are just adding niche functionality they need that may or may not
be getting pushed back to mainline.

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