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Elastifile Announces Support for SMB 3.1 on Elastifile Cloud File Service

Elastifile, the pioneer of enterprise-grade, scalable file storage for the public cloud, today announced that the Server Message Block (SMB) 3.1 storage protocol is supported and available for early access on Elastifile Cloud File Service, the company's fully-managed, scalable file storage service on Google Cloud. By adding SMB to the service's pre-existing support for the Network File System (NFS) protocol, Elastifile is delivering seamless compatibility for an even broader range of enterprise applications and use cases. Users can register for access to SMB on Elastifile's service at

Frequently leveraged in Microsoft Windows environments, SMB is a client-server communication protocol used to manage network resources, including storage access. SMB provides standardized connectivity between file systems and enterprise applications and is an alternative to the popular NFS protocol. SMB is commonly used in a variety of demanding enterprise use cases, including file sharing, media rendering, seismic simulation, financial modeling, and more. In addition, many popular end user applications, such as Adobe Premiere video editing software, also typically connect to storage using SMB.

"By adding support for SMB, we've made it easy for Windows-based workflows to reap the benefits of Elastifile Cloud File Service," said Adi Sprachman, Vice President of Product Management at Elastifile. "With support for all zones, all regions, and now both NFS and SMB, our cloud-native solution is well-positioned to address the full spectrum of enterprise use cases on GCP."

To enjoy Elastifile Cloud File Service users simply specify their desired storage capacity and select a service level aligned to their budget and performance requirements. Service levels can later be adjusted on-demand, as desired, enabling customers to start small and expand performance or capacity later as dictated by the demands of their evolving workflows. Every service level delivers a full suite of cloud-native enterprise features, including snapshots, multi-zone support, asynchronous replication, and full support for API-based control. Finally, the cost of the service is fully integrated into Google Cloud's pre-existing billing infrastructure, so customers do not need to change their existing payment process.

Elastifile's solutions are generally available on Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Amazon Web Services (AWS), and bare metal on-premises environments, with Microsoft Azure availability coming soon.

Published Wednesday, June 05, 2019 10:49 AM by David Marshall
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