Samba File Servers and Directory Services

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Samba file servers and Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices are appliances that are specialized for data storage and for serving files. Many organizations leverage Samba file servers and NAS devices to free up other servers from the responsibility of file storage and transfer.

Samba file servers can be critical to end user productivity. Yet, as the world continues to shift to the cloud and organizations drop their legacy directory solutions with SaaS-based alternatives, the question becomes how to connect Samba file servers to modern directory services.

On-prem Samba File Servers and NAS Appliances

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Most organizations don’t spend a huge amount of time considering their file server and data storage solutions. The status quo is generally fine. These types of Samba and NAS appliances have traditionally been on-prem, and many organizations would prefer to keep it that way.

The on-prem approach to file servers and data storage can provide a number of advantages for organizations compared to their cloud hosted alternatives. The big benefit is greater storage capacity and quicker transfer of files. Another perceived advantage is increased security, since all critical data is stored within company walls.

Samba file servers and NAS appliances are relatively small and can usually operate effectively in heterogeneous system environments. They also have built-in security and access control with integration to the core directory service such as OpenLDAP and Active Directory®.

But what if you don’t have an existing directory? Or what if you are looking to replace your aging directory infrastructure with something that’s a better fit for your heterogeneous IT environment.

Other Options for File Servers and Data Storage

Cloud Services

Cloud file servers and data storage solutions such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box can provide an ‘easy’ answer to file service and data storage. The challenge is these solutions often don’t meet expectations or aren’t the sole solution to the data storage problem for many organizations.

For example, cloud-based data storage and file servers can be challenging in situations where there are large file sizes that need to be moved around and manipulated. Cloud infrastructure solutions like AWS or GCP often (Read more...)

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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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