Windows® File Server Alternative

As Microsoft® sunsets legacy file server solutions like Windows® Server 2008, their users are seeking out a Windows File Server alternative. The task itself is somewhat daunting. Multiple options exist on the market, including on-prem and cloud storage solutions, and finding the best alternative to serve your specific environment can be difficult. Although the cloud certainly seems to be the future of storage, some still view the option with doubt.

Vormetric found that while 85% of enterprises store their sensitive data in the cloud, 70% of those enterprises are very concerned about its security. Their concern is completely understandable, but what you might not know is that security can come from the cloud, albeit not where you might expect. But before we talk about that, let’s explore some Windows File Server alternatives and see what IT admins are working with.

On-Prem Windows File Server Alternatives

If your organization is particularly wary of cloud security, then an on-prem Windows File Server alternative might be the choice for you. Here are some of the top options.

Samba File Servers

The Samba (SMB) protocol writes data to on-prem Linux®-based file servers. It was originally designed in 1991 to link Microsoft Windows machines to Linux servers and enable them to communicate—a long-desired function in the early days of IT.

Samba servers are still much in use today, though they come with some challenges. A common difficulty met by admins is implementing and maintaining Samba instances, which often requires a dedicated server(s) and numerous integrations. Like many on-prem Linux server setups, Samba servers require a good bit of technical knowhow to use properly.

NAS Appliances

If the work involved with setting up a Samba server seems intimidating, then a NAS appliance might be the choice for your org. NAS appliances, such as Synology®, QNAP®, or FreeNAS™, are pre-configured Samba instances. By using NAS appliances, the work required for Samba servers is eliminated, but the functionality can still be achieved by IT organizations.

Of course, both of these options require an identity provider (IdP), like Microsoft Active (Read more...)

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Zach DeMeyer

Zach is a writer and researcher for JumpCloud with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He loves being on the cutting edge of new technology, and when he's not working, he enjoys all things outdoors, making music, and soccer.

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