Yesterday, Visuality Systems released the beta of their new NQ Storage stack, which brings Microsoft's SMB protocol to OEM storage arrays. This established company has been the main supplier of SMB support in the embedded device market for over a decade, but NQ Storage brings their technology to the enterprise. Eight well-known storage array companies have already licensed the … [Read more...] about Every Device Can Speak SMB Protocol Thanks To Visuality Systems
Way back in the 1990's, UNIX admins delighted in upgrading from NFSv2 to NFSv3. Then NFSv4 came around and ... crickets. Now VMware has become the first major/useful/mainstream application for NFSv4.1, so the floodgates are open! But are they? A Little History A long, long time ago, when Sun was the dominant server company and x86 was still a desktop CPU, computers needed … [Read more...] about vSphere 6: NFS 4.1 Finally Has a Use?
I've written and spoken quite a bit on the "software-defined" future, what it means and how it will come about. Although it seems like a marketing buzzword to some, I feel it is a fairly accurate description of the future of the enterprise and service provider data center. That's why I'm working to organize the next Software-Defined Data Center Symposium, and am happy to … [Read more...] about Software-Defined Data Center Symposium, April 22 in Santa Clara, CA
Yesterday, the Samba team released Samba 4.0, the culmination of almost a decade of work to create a full open source Active Directory server. Samba is the software that powers many Windows-compatible NAS devices, and the release of Samba 4.0 puts us all on a path toward SMB2 and SMB3 support! Introducing Samba Samba is an open source implementation of the Microsoft … [Read more...] about Samba 4.0 is Released with Full Active Directory and Updated SMB Support
To say that I go to a lot of conferences and trade shows would be an extreme understatement. Although I didn't make it to every one in my IT events calendar this year, I've hit nearly all of them over the years. So when I say that the Storage Developer Conference was singularly valuable and enjoyable, I hope you know that I really mean it. Held every year by SNIA, the … [Read more...] about Looking Back on the Storage Developer Conference