SerNet adapted its SAMBA+ subscriptions. The OpenSource company tries to incorporate feedback collected during the last weeks into the new concept: With the change from EnterpriseSAMBA to SAMBA+ at the end of September SerNet introduced a subscription model. Since then SerNet’s packages are available at the SAMBA+ shop as paid subscriptions.
SerNet CEO Johannes Loxen: "We listened carefully to our clients, Samba users and also the international Samba team after the switch to SAMBA +" The lessons learned were carefully considered and now improve the subscriptions. Most important key figures of the revised model are:
- Prices: The altered prices for one, two and three year subscriptions are 250, 400 and 550 euros (each net).
- Number of servers per subscription: up to 5
- Support: With a purchase of 10 or more subscriptions at once, SerNet grants a free quota for support amounting to 25 percent of the subscription fee.
"With these changes, we reach out to smaller companies, institutions or non-profit organizations," says Loxen. "One subscription and five servers brings you a long way." Large customers, in turn, requiring a wide range of subscriptions could fall back on the free support quota for SerNet’s Samba support.
Loxen points out one more positive side aspect of the SAMBA+ switch: "We're learning quite a lot about where our packages are being used." The bandwidth of users impressive. "The french municipality, the global operating aid, the german supermarket chain and the international automotive group - they've all got SAMBA+ in common."
SerNet's Samba 4.3 packages are available - and SerNet announces some changes that come along with this new version. First of all: Formerly known as EnterpriseSAMBA SerNet's packages are now published as SAMBA+ (read why). Furthermore SAMBA+ 4.3 packages and all later versions are available as software subscription. Starting immediately they can be purchased at the SAMBA+ shop. Detailed information and prices are listed at https://shop.samba.plus. The subscriptions bought at the SAMBA+ shop are managed at a new platform called OPOSSO (https://oposso.samba.plus). Users can activate their subscriptions here and manage access credentials.
The major enhancements and new features within SAMBA+ 4.3 are:
- Client and server support for SMB 3.1.1 - improves the secure negotiation of SMB dialects and features
- New FileChangeNotify subsystem - with new notify daemon to scale a lot better
- New id-map module idmap_script - use a script to perform id-mapping
- New VFS-modules
- vfs_unityed_media - allow multiple Avid clients to share a network drive
- vfs_shell_snap - provides shell-script callouts for snapshot handling
- Logging - support for logging to multiple backends
- CTDB logging improvements
- Improved CTDB NFS support
- Improved sparse file support
- New smbclient subcommands - server side copy and change notification queries for directories
- New rpcclient subcommands
- Improved security with kerberos DCERPC man in the middle detection when using kerberos
- Improved Knowledge Consistency Checker (KCC) - for large networks
- Configurable TLS protocol support - disables SSLv3 by default, which is no longer considered secure
- Samba-tool now supports all 7 FSMO roles
- Partial (only Kerberos) support for trusted domains (as AD DC) - see full release notes
Please refer to the Samba 4.3 release notes for more details.
As usual packages are available for various SUSE and RedHat platforms as well as for Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu. For a detailed list of changes and explanations we recommend to read the official Samba release announcement. The packages address a lot of issues, which are listed in the history.
We already improved the subscription model due to customer feedback. Please do not hesitate to send us your comments and to discuss SAMBA+ with us.
SerNet's 4.2 packages and older versions will still be maintained as EnterpriseSAMBA and distributed via portal.enterprisesamba.com for free. Users don't even have to register anymore to be able to access the packages but instead can use a public user.
Starting with Samba 4.3 SerNet makes some changes to its popular packages. Formerly known as EnterpriseSAMBA they are now published as SAMBA+. Furthermore SAMBA+ 4.3 packages and all later versions are available as software subscription per server and per year. Starting immediately, they can be purchased at the SAMBA+ shop. Detailed information and prices are listed at https://shop.samba.plusSerNet's Samba team is presentig the new subscription based model at the Storage Developer Conference in Santa Clara right now.
The change to SAMBA+ is well-considered. The "plus" emphasizes the advantage of SAMBA+ packages. They are available for all enterprise Linux distributions (SLES, RHEL and Debian Linux/Ubuntu) and always based on the latest Samba source packages and subjected to strict quality assurance. That is why SAMBA+ packages from SerNet are always reliable, up to date and behave the same across all platforms. A real plus compared to other Samba packages that can differ significantly and thus cause problems in mixed environments.
For SerNet, EnterpriseSAMBA has been a great success for 15 years. CEO Johannes Loxen points out, that SerNet did not charge any money for the software but received funding by development orders and by support for enterprise customers. Samba evolves rapidly, especially after the release of Samba 4.0 and the download numbers of the EnterpriseSAMBA packages are rising every year. At the same time, support calls go down when the software gets mature and easy to deploy, so SerNet is not able to leverage costs via support calls alone anymore. Referring to Richard Stallmanns concept of "free" as in "free speech", not as in "free beer" Loxen says: "We at SerNet would have loved to release SAMBA+ free of charge but the rising numbers of downloads in combination with decaying support revenue leaves no choice. We hope that the prices we chose are fair and reasonable and reflect the value of the software, where all sources remain free (as in free speech)."
The subscriptions bought at the SAMBA+ shop are managed at a new platform called OPOSSO (https://oposso.samba.plus). Users can activate their subscriptions here and manage access credentials. Loxen: "OPOSSO itself is an open source software that will be released at early 2016 to the public under GPLv3."
SerNet's 4.2 packages and older versions will still be maintained as EnterpriseSAMBA and distributed via portal.enterprisesamba.org for free. Users don't even have to register anymore to be able to access the packages, but instead can use a public user.
SerNet's Samba team just released EnterpriseSAMBA 4.2.4 packages for various SUSE and RedHat platforms as well as for Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu. They are available at <link https: portal.enterprisesamba.com _blank>
These packages address a lot of issues, which are listed in the <link http: www.samba.org samba history samba-4.2.4.html _blank external-link-new-window release>Samba 4.2 history.
Please note that you no longer need to register to be able to access the packages. To access the download server you just need to login with your username and accesskey or the new public user shown on our <link https: portal.enterprisesamba.com _blank external-link-new-window>EnterpriseSAMBA portal.
SerNet's verinice.TEAM released version 1.11 of the ISMS tool verinice. New features include the Elasticsearch framework integration and significant GSTOOL-Import improvements
Elasticsearch now enriches verinice and verinice.PRO with a performant as well as flexible full-text search. The decision in favour for the open source framework, which e.g. Wikimedia uses, is explained by verinice team lead Alexander Koderman: "In our tests Elasticsearch proved to be very fast. Virtually every request could be processed within a few milliseconds." Elasticsearch also allows to offer all search functions in full for each database. Koderman: "verinice supports various databases such as Oracle, PostgreSQL and DerbyDB. These may differ in their full-text indexing behavior and features." Also, with the now implemented solution users of the free verinice single-user version with offline database receive the same search function quality as verinice.PRO users .
The verinice.TEAM has carried out numerous and extensive improvements to the GSTOOL import. In verinice 1.11 for example speed and disk space consumption have been optimized by large. GSTOOL is the official but now deprecated software tool published by the German BSI for its IT-Baseline standard.
More detailed information about the new features, other new features and improvements included in the <link http: verinice.com en verinice-support release-notes _blank external-link-new-window verinice release>release notes for verinice 1.11. An update to version 1.11.1 is also already available and fixes a problem with the automatic language setting. The download is available directly through <link http: verinice.org en _blank external-link-new-window>verinice.org.