Visuality SystemsVisuality Systems is a global leader in the development and deployment of commercial SMB/CIFS-based solutions for a wide range of industries. Since 1998, the company has been steadfast in continually developing the SMB/CIFS protocol.
Visuality Systems’ NQ™ products are the most up to date SMB/CIFS implementations aimed at any non-Windows platform. The NQ™ product line comprises a full and commercial SMB/CIFS suite, which offers vendors a seamless file and printer sharing solution.
Apart from its industry leading products, the company is known for providing complete and seamless support, with online assistance and a team of engineers available 24/7 via e-mail or over phone.
The Server Message Block (SMB) protocol (also called CIFS), is a file and printer sharing protocol which serves as the basis for Microsoft's Distributed File System implementation. Every year, more and more networks utilize the SMB protocol for its advantages over other alternatives.
Contrary to FTP and HTTP, SMB allows not only copying an entire file, but also grants access to files over the network. File editing, for example, can be executed over SMB, without changing its location.
Another alternative, NFS, is also a file sharing protocol similar to SMB. However, NFS is only native to the Linux world, whilst using it on a Windows computer requires installing a patch. SMB scores over NFS as it is a native solution for Windows, Linux and Macintosh.
The SMB security mechanism has evolved over the years due to the increasing importance of network security. It now offers the following safety measures:
- User Authentication
- Domain Authentication
- Message signing
- Message encryption