Where Samba has come from and where it might be going

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Mon Jun 30 16:03:36 MDT 2014

On Mon, 2014-06-30 at 08:06 -0700, Richard Sharpe wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 9:54 AM, John Terpstra
> <john.terpstra.samba at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I urge all of us to enthusiastically enable broad adoption of Samba into
> > the cloud environment -
> So, what does it mean to "enable broad adoption"? It sounds nice, but
> that wont get us anywhere, I suspect.
> I can see several possibilities, and surely I have missed some or many:
> 1. Simple VFS modules to allow Samba to store files on S3 or Google's cloud etc.
> 2. More complete VFS modules that provide something like CTDB but
> optimized for higher latency WAN-like situations. This would allow
> those with geographically distributed environments to make better use
> of the "cloud" and is something I am intimately familiar with.

We certainly get requests for that often enough. 

> 3. Allowing Samba to function in OpenStack.

I read Simo's slide deck from SambaXP, and agree, those really are
interesting opportunities.  Without stretching myself too thin, I'm
hoping to have more to do with OpenStack and samba stuff.


> 4. ...
> Now, I suspect that we are going to need to understand what each of
> these requires and then make the appropriate changes or find people to
> make the appropriate changes ...
> Also, I think there will always be two aspects to this:
> 1. Technological. That is, what neat new technologies do people want
> to work on, and
> 2. Organizational. Who can find the time and experience to contribute.
> That is, either with their own resources (time, etc) or by working for
> companies that need solutions that layer on the base in this area.

I wonder if we get a bit of 2 by being excited about 1?  Now just to
find a salesperson to sell them the dream! :-)

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett
Authentication Developer, Samba Team  http://samba.org
Samba Developer, Catalyst IT          http://catalyst.net.nz/services/samba

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