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SerNet at SDC 2018: Talks and informationen

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This year’s SDC - Storage Developer Conference will take place from September 24 to 27, 2018 in Santa Clara (California/USA). SerNet supports the SNIA hosted event again as silver sponsor. We will also be present with a sales team and a lot of information about SAMBA+, especially SAMBA+ for OEM and SAMBA+ LTS.

In addition, our Samba developer team will be attending and give the following talks:

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sambaXP: CfP for 2019 started, 2018 documentation is online

sambaXP 2018 – sponsored by Google, Microsoft and redhat – brought together the international Samba team again. People from all around the globe gathered in Goettingen and talked shop about current samba topics for several days. The annual success is an incentive for organiser SerNet to create another great SAMBA eXPerience in 2019. Therefore we are pleased to announce the date for sambaXP 2019 already: The conference will take place June 4-6, 2019 at Hotel Freizeit In in Goettingen.

The Call for Papers for sambaXP 2019 has started as well. Talks should be submitted until February 28, 2019. The program committee will decide shortly after that and notifications of acceptance will be send out until March 8, 2019. SerNet and the Samba team are looking forward to submissions about SAMBA and the broader challenges of data management. Technical talks, user reports and presentations about future projects are welcome. The conference language is English, although proposals (in English) for talks in other languages will be considered gladly. Paper registration and paper submission can be done online only via the registration form on <link https: sambaxp.org _blank external-link-new-window sambaxp>

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As for the sambaXP 2018: Slides and audio recordings are online now. All of them can be downloaded individually or as a package from the conference page <link https: sambaxp.org _blank external-link-new-window sambaxp>

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Collaboration improves the SMB protocol

How <link https: owncloud.com _blank external-link-new-window owncloud>ownCloud and SerNet worked together to improve the SMB protocol, is described in a new blog post from ownCloud. Read about it in the article <link https: owncloud.com windows-network-drive-integration-benefits-from-samba _blank external-link-new-window windows network drive integration benefits from samba>"Windows Network Drive integration benefits from Samba contributions".

The text emphasizes, how Open Source Collaboration can prove to be an important and stimulatory factor for projects. In this case, ownCloud engineers worked together with longtime <link https: samba.plus _blank external-link-new-window>Samba expert Volker Lendecke at SerNet. This resulted in notifications for smb-client implemented in the SMB2 and SMB3 protocol, subsequently boosting performance and bringing more reliability to the windows network drive integration. So – to quote ownCloud: "the professionals at SerNet have your back".

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SerNet now offers SAMBA+ LTS and SAMBA+ support budgets

In light of last week's <link https: sambaxp.org _blank external-link-new-window sambaxp>sambaXP, SerNet announced two novelties to its Samba portfolio: SAMBA+ LTS and SAMBA+ support budgets. While SAMBA+ LTS prolongs security updates for SAMBA+ packages, support budgets grant easy access to professional Samba services.

SAMBA+ LTS

SAMBA+ LTSSAMBA+ Long Term Support (LTS) packages provide the well-known SAMBA+ packages, but with 36 month security updates instead of 18. This extends the lifecycle significantly and leads to reduced costs, especially for OEMs.

SerNet will provide the security updates pretty soon after the upstream Samba releases to ensure that systems are protected against the known defects as soon as possible. We will start with SAMBA+ 4.3, 4.4 and 4.5. SAMBA+LTS is already available in the <link https: shop.samba.plus samba samba-lts _blank external-link-new-window>SAMBA+ shop.

SAMBA+  support budgets

SAMBA+ SupportTo make services even more accessible, SerNet is adding support budgets to its regular support contracts with Service Level Agreements. Support budgets can be purchased directly from the <link https: shop.samba.plus samba-support _blank external-link-new-window>SAMBA+ shop and are ready for immediate redemption. This guarantees customers even faster access to the know-how of our experienced SAMBA+ team. In short: You buy the support budget, we start working on your requests.     

The support budget not only covers services around SAMBA+ but rather requests regarding overall CIFS/SMB (Samba, Microsoft Windows), AFP/Netatalk, Linux (Debian, Ubuntu, RHEL, Fedora, SLES, Leap), Unix (AIX, Solaris, HP-UX), Directory Services (Active Directory, LDAP), Printing (CUPS), Infrastructure
(DNS, DHCP, SSL). Another advantage: Within the SAMBA+ support budget, the billing rate is identical for all types of services.

A SAMBA+ support budget includes 10 service hours, invoiced in time units of at least 15 minutes. Once purchased, budgets can be redeemed for 24 months. A total of 4 budgets can be purchased at once and used for a project of up to 40 hours. More details on our <link https: samba.plus support _blank external-link-new-window>SAMBA+ Support page or directly in the <link https: shop.samba.plus samba-support _blank external-link-new-window>SAMBA+ shop.

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Björn Baumbach joins Samba Core Team

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SerNet colleague Björn Baumbach has been appointed as official member of the <link https: www.samba.org samba team _blank external-link-new-window core>Samba Core Team. The independent team consists of 40 people from all over the world who contribute regularly to Samba and have direct write access to the repository.

Baumbach recently contributed to the extensions of the "samba-tool" command. In addition, he has been supporting the Core Team for several years maintaining the server infrastructure, actively participates in discussions on the further development of Samba and contributes bugfixes. As a trained application developer Björn Baumbach joined SerNet 8 years ago. He works in the IT Security department as well as in
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Six SerNet employees are now members of the Samba Core Team. Besides Baumbach these are Karolin Seeger, Ralph Böhme, Björn Jacke, Volker Lendecke and Stefan Metzmacher.

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