Today, Monday, was Samba’s Day here at the Storage Developers Conference. Tomorrow, it will be Microsoft’s turn.
Samba Team members covered the current status of the Samba project with particular focus on clustering, distributed caching, and the merger of the Samba3 and Samba4 code trees. Clustered Samba is of particular interest this year, with a team from IBM presenting their results using Samba/CTDB to build production cluster systems and a handful of other companies testing Samba/CTDB in the Plugfest Lab.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, is Microsoft’s turn. They well spend the entire day presenting the new features of SMB2.2 in Windows 8. This is going to be big—very big—but it is particularly notable that Microsoft is providing this information to the community so far in advance of the beta release. They are giving us a chance to prepare and possibly even catch up, which is a major step forward compared to years past.