Microsoft and Tuxera expands their collaboration to Server Message Block (SMB) technology

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Back in 2009, Tuxera partnered with Microsoft to became the first company to release exFAT file system for Linux, Android and other platforms designed to support the new SDXC memory card standard. The same year Tuxera also joined SD Card Association and Microsoft’s Interoperability Vendor Alliance. Today, Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC and Tuxera announced they have expanded their collaboration to Server Message Block (SMB) technology. Tuxera is launching its new Tuxera SMB as a drop-in replacement for the open-source Samba and other alternative SMB/Common Internet File System (CIFS) servers, ideally suited for embedded platforms.

“All the existing SMB/CIFS servers on the market, both open source and proprietary, have years of legacy code as added weight. This makes them not optimal for embedded use due to limited CPU, memory constraints and demanding support requirements,” said Szabolcs Szakacsits, Tuxera’s president and chief technology officer.

“Microsoft has helped lead the way in developing connected technologies, and SMB is integral to our server and business solutions,” said Nick Psyhogeos, president of Microsoft Technology Licensing. “Agreements like ours with Tuxera will accelerate the pace of innovation and shape industries that depend on a near-universal language for file transfers across networks.”

“We are excited to expand our multiyear cooperation with Microsoft to new technologies,” said Mikko Välimäki, Tuxera’s CEO. “Building on our market understanding as the global leader in file systems, Tuxera SMB has state-of-the-art modular architecture that makes it possible to run the server in both user and kernel space and reach hardware limit in I/O throughput, while maintaining the lowest possible CPU usage and memory footprint of any other alternative.”

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