ZFS Tutorial at the USENIX Technical Conference

I will be conducting a tutorial on ZFS at the USENIX Technical Conference in San Diego on June 14, 2009. I hope you can attend!  Here is the blurb in the conference agenda.

S2 ZFS: A File System for Modern Hardware NEW!   

Who should attend: Systems engineers, integrators, and administrators who are interested in deploying ZFS on Solaris, Mac OS X, or FreeBSD. Participants should be familiar with storage devices, RAID systems, logical volume managers, backup, and file system features. Special emphasis will be placed on integration considerations for virtualization, NAS, and databases.

File systems developed in the mid 20th century were severely constrained by the storage hardware available at the time. ZFS was conceived with an eye toward the hardware of the future and how storage would evolve. This perspective on the future presented an opportunity to rethink how file systems use storage hardware. The result of this endeavor is a new way of managing data which can evolve as the hardware changes, while remaining compatible with earlier notions of file system use. Along the way, new concepts such as the Hybrid Storage Pool provide new opportunities for optimization, efficiency, and data protection. In this tutorial, ZFS will be examined from the bottom up, to build a solid understanding of the data-hardware interface, and then from the top down, to provide insight into the best ways to use ZFS for applications.

Take back to work: A solid understanding of the concepts behind ZFS and how to make the best decisions when implementing storage at your site.

Topics include:

  • Evolution of hardware and file systems
  • Storage pools
    • RAID data protection
    • Import/export and shared storage
    • Pool parameters and features
    • On-disk format
  • Data sets
    • Volumes
    • POSIX-compliant file systems
    • Snapshots
    • Replication
  • Practical considerations and best practices
    • Deployment and migration
    • Virtualization
    • Sharing
    • Performance, observability, and tuning
    • Data protection
    • Hybrid storage pools
    • Backup, restore, and archiving


  1. There's no chance that i can make it to your tutorial. Are you able to post your notes or a video to your blog here for all us ZFS zealots on the interwebs?


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