CIFS/SMB2 Deep Dive
In today’s corporate network, applications, protocols and users continually change, branch offices are opened or closed, servers are added and removed and software is upgraded or reconfigured. Traditionally organizations have 4 silos for managing the corporate IT environment; Network, Applications, Server and Storage, but there can be limitations associated with this approach as these 4 groups are not always aware of the changes made by other teams within the business.
Until recently many organizations simply required the Network team to maintain connectivity for the Application, Server & Storage teams, and potentially service affecting changes were not always communicated back the Networks for any impact assessment to be undertaken.
However with the introduction of WAN optimization, the borders of the 4 silos (or teams) are becoming more blurred; the Network team is not simply moving data from A to B, but also responsible for the optimization of the applications critical to the business. These interdependencies mean that changes made for valid operational reasons by the various teams can adversely affect the performance of other key areas in a way that could not have been predicted.
Managing these environments can be a complex and time consuming exercise, using Steel-Eye means the task of ensuring WAN Optimization is always able to support the business becomes a simple and cost effective exercise that can be scheduled on a regular basis.
Steel-Eye’s CIFS/SMB DeepDive service provides you with the information needed to identify and then prioritise remedial work on the appliances delivering a degraded performance. Errors are categorised using the standard Riverbed descriptions.