The broader adoption of Ethernet as a converged storage networking infrastructure has prompted the ESF to expand its charter. Focused on promoting the use of NFS, SMB and other file protocols, as well as Ethernet as a transport for file and block protocols, these two themes offer opportunities to a larger community of members to promote this technology. This market change has prompted the ESF to broaden and redefine its two Special Interest Groups (SIGs):
File Protocols SIG – The File Protocols SIG is focused on the latest use cases and best practices related to NAS (Network Attached Storage) solutions, with a primary focus on NFS (Network File System) and SMB (Server Message Block) protocols. The goal is to educate on the application of these protocols, provide insight into their future direction and developments, and to drive their broad adoption. Particular focus will be on applications and benefits of NFS4.1 (including pNFS and FedFS) and SMB version 3.
Storage over Ethernet SIG - The Storage over Ethernet SIG (SoE SIG) is focused on a growing trend among modern data centers to deploy consolidated Ethernet networks as the primary network infrastructure for all LAN and storage traffic. Technologies such as Data Center Bridging (DCB), Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), among others, offer organizations a robust environment to support mixed workloads with each using the most appropriate protocol (including NFS, SMB and iSCSI) over a shared Ethernet physical transport. The SoE SIG offers educational and thought leadership materials related to these technologies and the business value they offer to organizations of all sizes.