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PC Week: Samba up-tempo performer

Mar 15, 1999, 16:22 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pankaj Chowdhry)

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"Samba 2.0 for the Irix platform pushes Silicon Graphics Inc.'s Origin servers out of the pixel-pushing realm of three-dimensional animation and into the byte-busting world of heavy-duty file servers."

"Although Samba is free, SGI charges $1,500 for a maintenance contract that ensures enterprise-level support for any SGI-Samba installation. This is a low price when compared with NetWare and NT, and Samba doesn't skimp on features, offering such advanced capabilities as opportunistic locking that are available to other Unix processes."

"PC Week Labs tested the new Samba 2.0, an open-source, freeware application that's basically a CIFS (Common Internet File System) gateway to foreign file systems, on a four-processor Origin 200. The Origin/Samba combo kicked up astounding performance numbers, clocking 165M-bps throughput using 115 Windows clients and the Ziff-Davis Benchmark Operation's NetBench 5.01 benchmark suite (see chart)."

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