Why You Should Never Again Utter The Word, “CIFS”

After some serious thoughts i couldn’t resist any longer.. Here is the infamous post from Stephen Foskett (thank you) on why CIFS is dead :-)

Let me put on my “grumpy old storage guy” hat for a moment: CIFS is not the network storage protocol used by Microsoft Windows, and many other clients. CIFS is dead, and has been for many years. The protocol used to share files over a LAN by the majority of personal computers is called SMB. I wish everyone in the industry would get that through their heads.

Dear marketers: If you worked for Ford, would you off-handedly call your latest car “the Edsel”? And if you did, would you expect to still have a job the next day? It’s time to stop saying “CIFS”.

What Exactly Is CIFS And Why Was It So Bad?

Way back in prehistoric times (the mid-1980′s), IBM invented the protocol to share files over a local area network (LAN). Microsoft took this protocol, known as “server message block” (SMB), and merged it with LAN Manager, which had been codeveloped with 3Com, and released it as the preferred network storage mechanism in Windows for Workgroups.

With the Internet gaining prominence in the mid-1990′s, many companies scrambled to adopt Internet protocol (IP) rather than older standards like IPX/SPX and the NetBIOS API. As part of the Windows 95 push, Microsoft rebranded an updated version of SMB as “Common Internet File System” or CIFS. Much of the protocol was also submitted to the IETF as an Internet draft, and many other operating systems and implementations sprouted up.

“CIFS” is pronounced as “sifs”, which sounds like a communicable disease

By the year 2000, most operating systems had some sort of CIFS client support, and many included a CIFS server as well. One notable product was Samba, an open source reverse engineering of CIFS and SMB and associated protocols for UNIX systems. Other companies licensed Microsoft’s client or server source code or develop their own implementations.

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