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NFSv4 is not disruptive as defined

What are your views on NFSv4 (with the various extensions)? And, do you think it will be the next disruptive storage technology? Will v4 be the end of iSCSI and FC from a server/client-storage interconnect?

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My opinion is that NFSv4 is a significant upgrade of a major standard. It will be most important as a way for Linux servers to share data but I don't think it is disruptive the way Clayton Christensen originally defined the term and NFSv4 is not likely to create new cost/performance trajectories. Also, it will not impact storing level TCP/IP implementations like iSCSI. NFSv4 is for filing, not storing.


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This was first published in September 2003

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