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What are the different NAS solutions

What is the difference between NAS solutions from major NAS vendors like NetApp and SAMBA-based NAS solutions? What are performance advantages of NetApp solutions when compared with custom built NAS solutions using SAMBA?

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SAMBA is freeware from Australia to implement the CIFS protocol on UNIX systems. It seems to be a good implementation as a way to provide remote file serving for Windows servers. NAS systems such as those from NetApp implement the CIFS protocol with their own software.

It's really a matter of effectiveness and support. NetApp has a paid engineering staff to do the development and support and work on the competitiveness to make it a good solution. That should give an indication -- competition in the marketplace is good for the customer.

Randy Kerns

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This was first published in January 2004

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