I'm really thrilled about the improvements Microsoft is making to the core SMB protocol in Windows Server 2012. But it won't really matter if nobody but Microsoft supports the new protocol. So I like to call out to all the enterprise storage vendors: Let me hear your support for SMB3.0! What We Know so Far Obviously, Microsoft is going to support SMB 3.0 in a big way. … [Read more...] about Who Will Support SMB 3.0, and Which Features Will They Support?
Microsoft is about to release the third major revision to their ubiquitous network storage protocol, SMB. Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V 3 will really highlight this technology, and I predict it will transform the way people think about networked storage for Windows systems. But SMB 3 is big in another way, too: there are tons of new features, and not all will be implemented … [Read more...] about SMB 3 is Going to be Huge, in both Scope and Impact
Computers aren't much good on their own. This simple fact was evident even at the dawn of the microcomputing age, and has never been more true today in the "post-PC" world. If the standard microcomputer is the "Wintel" box (Microsoft's Windows, Intel's CPUs, and all that implies) then the standard network services protocol is SMB. So let's take a nice deep dive into SMB, past, … [Read more...] about From LAN Manager and SMB to CIFS: The Evolution of Prehistoric PC Network Protocols
Apple's not an enterprise company or a storage company. In fact, they're rapidly jettisoning both - consider the sad fate of the Xserve RAID. But Apple does have enterprise features and storage features in their operating systems. And Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" is a great case in point. From Versions to Time Machine Local Snapshots to AirDrop, Lion brings some storage love, and … [Read more...] about Key Storage Features in Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion”