Now that we have a handle on the interconnects, we will tackle NAS protocols. NAS protocols are the language of your NAS. Understanding how they work is key to running a successful storage network.First up is CIFS, which stands for Common Internet File System. CIFS started out as Microsoft's Server Messaging Block Protocol, and was renamed as CIFS in 1996 by Microsoft. CIFS is one of the two most common protocols employed by NAS devices as Windows machines are used in the majority of environments that would deploy a NAS. You'll want to use this protocol in a Windows-heavy environment or when cross-platform compatibility is paramount. .
About the author: Tory Skyers is a senior systems engineer for Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors, an independently owned and operated member of The Prudential Real Estate Affiliates Inc. He frequently speaks at conferences such as Storage Decisions and also contributes regularly to SearchStorage.com's blog called Storage Soup.
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