Modern IT organizations are looking to shift as much of their infrastructure as they can to the cloud. Yet, while it has been relatively straightforward for server infrastructure (e.g. AWS, GCP, Azure) and applications (G Suite and Office 365), some IT resources have proven to be more challenging to move to the cloud.
Take on-prem storage systems like Samba file servers and NAS appliances, for example. While SaaS solutions such as DropBox work in many cases, organizations that regularly transfer large files (e.g. videos) generally prefer the speed of file servers. Other organizations could move to a cloud-based storage solution, but prefer to use their existing Samba file server infrastructure.
But just because you have an on-premises storage solution, that doesn’t mean that you don’t want to be cloud-forward when it comes to Identity and Access Management (IAM). So is it possible for IT organizations to manage Samba file server access from the cloud?
A Brief History of Samba
Samba file servers and other Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices are computer appliances tailored to storing an organization’s essential data and applications. They are built for ease of access and storing large volumes of data quickly and efficiently.
One of the key benefits of leveraging Samba file servers and NAS devices is that they can provide a centralized location to store large volumes of data and applications that can be accessed by any number of computers connected to the same network.
Samba file servers and NAS devices have been critical pieces of IT infrastructure for decades now. In fact, the Samba solution was first developed and released back in the early 1990’s as an open source derivative of the SMB/CIFS protocols that allowed NAS appliances (generally based on Unix or Linux OSs) to communicate with systems running early versions of Windows.
These days most organizations integrate Samba file servers with their on-prem Microsoft Active Directory® or OpenLDAP implementation so that they can be managed with existing directory service infrastructure.
However, organizations are shifting their infrastructure to the cloud in pursuit of greater (Read more...)