Windows is one of the common operating systems deployed on the network. The Windows operating system supports distributed resources shared across locations. For example, you can make resources in your datacenter accessible from various branch offices. For access over the network, Windows uses Common Internet File System (CIFS) protocol for accessing shared files, and Messaging Application Programming Interface (MAPI) protocols for accessing email through Microsoft Outlook. That is, Windows uses CIFS protocol for CIFS-based (Windows and Samba) file transfer and directory browsing, and Microsoft Outlook uses the MAPI protocol to access Outlook data.
You can use a CloudBridge appliance to optimize the CIFS, Sever Message Block version 2 (SMB2), and MAPI connections over the network.
In addition to supporting the Windows operating system, CloudBridge appliances support CIFS and SMB2 on NetApp and Hitachi storage systems.
The flowchart in Figure 1 shows the complete procedure to configure a CloudBridge appliance for optimizing CIFS, SMB2, and MAPI traffic.