Our target audience is early-adopter storage enthusiasts — folks that are passionate about storage and don’t mind venturing into the terminal to set things up. The core of ZEVO is ZFS. It will be very familiar to other ZFS deployments with a few areas that are slightly different due to some unique aspects of Mac OS X.
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The ZEVO Community Edition builds on earlier versions of ZEVO and adds support for data redundancy, multiple filesystems and creating and browsing snapshots of your file systems.
In general terms, ZEVO Community Edition delivers pooled storage features like mirrored and RAID-Z redundancy that can also be dynamically striped for performance. Every single block of data in the storage pool is validated and verifiable with data scrubs (no more guessing if your data is intact!). To access this modern storage stack, a fully integrated modern file system is available with features like data integrity, concurrent metadata updates, native snapshots, built-in compression, efficient replication and dynamic block sizes.
ZEVO’s file system is fully integrated into the Mac’s unique OS environment and implements quotas, ACLs, and the HFS+ programming interfaces like search-fs, id lookups, bulk access calls and resource fork stream access.
The purpose of this release of ZEVO is to provide a freely available version of ZFS for the community to use. GreenBytes is making a best effort to provide a product that is functional within the configuration constraints in the documentation. To this end, the product will have the following features/limitations: