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Solid File System vs. ZIP?

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Posted: 09/08/2011 08:14:24
by Rob Wingate (Standard support level)
Joined: 08/11/2011
Posts: 3

On a high level, what are the advantages of SFS over ZIP as a container format? A non-technical boss is asking for a brief list of differences.

Posted: 09/08/2011 08:42:57
by Eugene Mayevski (EldoS Corp.)

SolFS is not an archive format but a filesystem.

1) ZIP is unchangeable format. When you add, modify or delete file inside, you need to rewrite the complete archive.
2) SolFS offers features such as alternate data streams and metadata, which are not present in ZIP. Among other benefits this allows file versioning.
3) SolFS supports flexible encryption including any custom encryption you might need
4) SolFS works with Unicode.
5) SolFS supports search for files based on metadata and not just filename.

Point one is the most important, i.e. if you need an archive, in many cases you can go with ZIP. If you need a filesystem with possibility to manipulate files, then ZIP is not an option at all.

Sincerely yours
Eugene Mayevski



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