• High Speed – Performance comparable to DAS
  • SMB Multi-Channel – Multiple Channels/Paths, Redundant paths with auto-failover, Aggregate bandwidth (Scale-Up Throughput)
  • SMB Direct – Protocol using RDMA reduces CPU load by offloading to NIC
  • RDMA allows remote direct memory access.
  • NICs need RDMA capability and does not make call to CPU allowing increase of speed and available CPU cycles by offloading work to NIC
  • SMB Encryption – Secure transmission, Per share or per server, No IPSEC overhead
  • Makes SMB a rival to FibreChannel.
  • SAN – Very high speed backbone, with a whole array of storage network