Oracle, NetApp agree to settle ZFS patent litigation

The suits revolve around the ZFS file system, and stem to 2007

Storage vendor NetApp said Thursday it has reached an agreement with Oracle to dismiss patent litigation stemming from a 2007 suit NetApp filed against Sun Microsystems, which Oracle acquired earlier this year. Terms were not disclosed.

The litigation centers on Sun's ZFS file system. NetApp's suit had demanded a declaration that it was not in violation of three Sun patents, as well as a ruling that ZFS infringed on seven of its own. Sun later filed a countersuit against NetApp.

Oracle and NetApp "have shared a common vision focused on providing solutions that reduce IT cost and complexity for thousands of customers worldwide," NetApp CEO Tom Georgens said in a statement. The company wants that collaboration to continue, he added.

An Oracle spokeswoman confirmed the contents of NetApp's announcement.

Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris's e-mail address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com

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