bphlpt, on 22 April 2012 - 05:48 PM, said:
I guess that might be how MS hopes to force the use of Win8 on Enterprise users
Nope. You'll just access it over the network just the same. It basically changes nothing to the big picture as far as "clients" are concerned.
It's just something else you can use server-side, but I don't think it'll gain too much acceptance there anyway. It fails to implement long-awaited features like deduplication, you can't boot from it, and it removes a lot of existing features from NTFS which are actually very useful:
The NTFS features we have chosen to not support in ReFS are: named streams, object IDs, short names, compression, file level encryption (EFS), user data transactions, sparse, hard-links, extended attributes, and quotas.
It's not yet what most would call mature, a lot of backup solutions might not work quite right with it (or at all), it obviously doesn't work on Win8 non-server (except if you copy files and reg keys over from it), real-world performance or scalability is basically unknown at this point, etc.
Maybe the next version or ReFS in Win 9 server will be better, but for now I'd much rather have ZFS or Btrfs. Then again I don't think too many companies will buy Win 8 Server (Win 2012). Hyper-V is somewhat improved (meh), but you're stuck with Metro (yes, on a server!)