Jeff Bonwick, who led the team at Sun Microsystems in creating the Zetabyte File System, is to leave Oracle, he announced via his blog on Monday.
In a heartfelt post he thanked the ZFS developer community and wrote: "After a decade in the making, ZFS is now an adult. Of course there's always more to do, and from this point forward, I look forward to watching you all do it."
ZFS is a 128-bit file system, designed for massive datasets. Features include continuous integrity checking and repair. The whole system makes use of virtualised pools of storage to increase physical device redundancy.
ZFS was announced by Sun Microsystems in 2004 for its top-end storage lines and was integrated into Solaris 10 in June 2006. It has been an important file system for Oracle/Sun since its inception. Its most recent outing was in Oracle's September 20th update to its Sun ZFS storage appliance line.
Bonwick has left Oracle to work at a startup: "We are in stealth mode, so that's all I can say for now," he wrote.