AFP versus SMB/Samba

AFP versus SMB/Samba

Mac OS X clients can connect to network file servers using both the Apple Filing Protocol (AFP) and the Microsoft Server Message Block (SMB) protocol. (SMB is also known as Common Internet File System or CIFS). Mac OS X clients can also use other protocols such as NFS and FTP.

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Calculating network data transfer speeds

Being in the business of selling data-management products, we're often asked how long it takes to transmit x-Gigabytes of data to a remote sites and other similar 'how long is a piece of string' questions. The answer can always be obtained providing you're armed with some knowledge of units of data, and can translate between bits and bytes.

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How Fast is Fast?

To find out how long it will take to transfer a file on your computer from one place to another, you need to know two things: the size of your file, and the size of the 'pipe' through which the file needs to travel. 

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Life After Xserve

The demise of the Apple Xserve has caused concern to the growing number of businesses with a commitment to Mac OS X. However for many years, users in the Publishing industry have been successfully using Unix-based servers for communities of Macs and PCs. There are a number of strategies that Mac OS desktop users that wish to share files and services can adopt. This paper looks at some alternatives.

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