SMB3 Interoperability Lab

February 2-6, 2020 Co-located with SDC EMEA in Tel Aviv

The purpose of this Interoperability Lab is for vendors to bring their implementations of SMB3 to test, identify, and fix bugs in a collaborative setting with the goal of providing a forum in which companies can develop interoperable products.  The SNIA provides and supports the network and infrastructure for the IO Lab, creating a collaborative framework for testing.  The participants of the IO Lab work together to define the testing process, assuring that objectives are accomplished.

The SNIA SMB3 IO Lab offers:

  • The latest Windows client and server software from Microsoft, including test suites that help verify interoperability on various features of SMB3 protocols
  • Technical support from SMB3 engineers to look at traces and help with diagnosing problems
  • IO Lab participants are covered by a non-disclosure agreement and entry is restricted to registrants only

If you are reluctant to participate because you feel that your SMB implementation is "not ready", you should still participate! The SMB3 IO Lab is also a development opportunity, not just a testing opportunity. Implementations still in development are encouraged to participate.  It's a great opportunity to get help and learn from the experts!

How Your Company Can Participate

A primary representative from each company that wishes to participate must complete the SNIA EMEA SMB3 IO Lab Company Registration. There is no fee to participate in the SMB3 IO Lab. This includes full access to the Storage Developer Conference sessions and meals. Each Plugfest participant that will actively participate and test, working with the other SMB3 IO Lab participants will be provided with an SDC EMEA conference pass with full access to the conference on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. If any of your IO Lab Engineers already have an SDC EMEA Conference pass from being a speaker or through sponsorship then they will not need a conference pass, however you still need to complete this registration form for your company.

Once the online registration form has been completed the company primary representative will be sent a registration code which will allow your IO Lab Engineers to register for SDC EMEA at no cost. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact Arnold Jones (

SMB3 IO Lab Logistics

The SNIA will provide and support the network and infrastructure for the SNIA EMEA SMB3 IO Lab, creating a collaborative framework for testing.  Each participant will be provided with a work area,  access to standard power and a network connection.  For special power requirements please contact the SNIA for additional costs.

IO Lab testing starts on Sunday February 2nd 2020 at 8:30am, and will conclude with teardown starting at 1:00pm on Thursday February 6th, with everything removed from the room by 5:30pm.

Please note that participants are responsible for shipping and any hotel drayage arrangements and charges, etc., regarding their equipment.