ZFS 101 (aka ZFS is Cool and Why You Should Be Using It) by Dru Lavigne

SCALE is an annual conference held at the Hilton LAX in Los Angeles. Every year, thousands of aficionados congregate at the conference to celebrate all things Open Source. At SCALE this year, Dru gave a talk called “ZFS 101 (aka ZFS is Cool and Why You Should Be Using It)”.

This presentation introduces some of the cool features provided by the ZFS filesystem. These features include built-in software RAID, the ability to self-heal data corruption, copy-on-write, low-overhead snapshots, support for multiple boot environments, and more. It then demonstrates how these features are incorporated into the graphical user interfaces of FreeNAS (an open source storage system) and PC-BSD (an open source desktop/server).

We’ve made a video of her talk available on YouTube. Slides can be found below.

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