Comparing the Network Performance of Windows File Sharing Environments
Improving employee productivity is an ongoing goal for companies. Reducing time to access data in a Microsoft Windows file sharing environment can help companies achieve this goal. However, capital expenditures can be significant for the deployment of new desktops, laptops, network infrastructure, and file storage systems. Therefore, understanding the benefits versus the costs associated with these deployments is vital. Currently, many companies are evaluating whether or not to use Microsoft Windows 7 in next-generation Windows file sharing environments. Windows 7 offers Service Message Block (SMB) 2.0, which has been designed to be more efficient and to improve performance in Windows file sharing environments compared to SMB 1.0.