Centralized Control over Access to Samba File Servers and NAS Appliances

Centralized Control over Access to Samba File Servers and NAS Appliances

Modern IT organizations can be complex. With cloud infrastructure, web apps, disparate operating systems, cloud and on-prem storage – it often isn’t as black and white as shifting everything to the cloud or keeping everything on-prem. In fact, hybrid situations are often the best option.

The challenge for IT admins is how to manage this complex infrastructure. Achieving centralized control means one place to manage access to systems, apps, networks, and even file servers. So how can your organization gain centralized control over access to Samba file servers and NAS appliances – along with everything else?

We’ll lay out a new approach that modern organizations are using to achieve centralized control over their hybrid environments, but before we do, it is important to explain why IT organizations use Samba file servers and NAS appliances in the first place.

Why Use Samba File Servers and NAS Appliances?

server account managementHaving an easy to access yet secure place to store data is a critical challenge for most organizations. Of course, there are a variety of solutions both on-prem and in the cloud.

For example, cloud data storage solutions such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box are very popular. Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers such as AWS or GCP can also enable organizations to shift their entire data center to the cloud and leverage cloud storage solutions such as S3 for AWS and Google Cloud Storage.

While these are all great solutions for cloud storage, it’s not uncommon for IT organizations to take a hybrid approach to cloud and on-prem storage. On-prem storage solutions like Samba file servers and NAS appliances offer a number of advantages when compared to their cloud counterparts, including reduced cost, increased bandwidth and reliability, in addition to the sense of security that comes with knowing exactly where critical data is being stored.

Of course, cloud storage solutions have their advantages too, such as scaling automatically to suit an organization’s needs and being more readily available – but there’s no denying that on-prem Samba file servers and NAS appliances can still be the right fit even for cloud-forward organizations.

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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from JumpCloud authored by Vince Lujan. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/centralized-control-access-samba-file-servers-nas-appliances/

Vince Lujan

Vince is a documentation and blog writer at JumpCloud, the world’s first cloud-based directory service. Vince recently graduated with a degree in professional and technical writing from the University of New Mexico, and enjoys researching new innovations in cloud architecture and infrastructure.

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