What is SMB Network Storage Protocol?

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SMB network storage protocol is a type of storage system that can be connected to a data network. SMB storage protocol is useful for non-critical data storage. It is cheaper and easier to maintain than a storage network (SAN).

File transfer protocols supported by SMB  include network file systems, shared file systems on the Internet, file transfer protocols, and more. SMB3 servers for storage systems offer flexibility when it comes to network connectivity. 


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This can be done via ethernet or via a fiber channel network. Nowadays, you can also purchase 802.11 wireless SMB devices. The beauty of a SMB device is its simplicity. 

SMB offers the following advantages:

1. Faster access to stored data via LAN.

2. Low cost because the RAID array is part of the LAN.

3. Easy to install, can get up and running in less than 30 minutes.

These SMB storage features as well as low cost of ownership make them ideal for small and midsize businesses. The dual benefit of SMB is that administrators can expand or consolidate the storage infrastructure. 

SMB storage protocol system performance depends on device maintenance, number of devices in use, and total capacity. Most preferred are SATA devices which offer great and affordable group storage. 

When purchasing a SMB storage protocol solution, always think about security and look for a provider that offers built-in encryption for the system.

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