Apple File System

Recent changes in the file systems used by macOS have brought about some questions about how they might affect Macs being used with Windows networks and file servers. Luckily for the Mac / Windows mixed environment community, these changes have no impact on the users of Acronis Files Connect, who continue to have instant access to all available files shares and DFS resources and enjoy lighting fast search across remote folders.

Connect Mac to Windows File Server

Anyone who has worked in a mixed Mac/Windows shop knows that the two environments have significant compatibility issues. With Acronis Files Connect, organizations can quickly install a simple solution that eliminates these stubborn incompatibility problems, enabling Mac users to exist harmoniously and work productively in a Windows-based environment. Apple Spotlight search works properly. Problems with file naming, file access permissions, network printing, unreliable file transfers, and slow server performance disappear. 

If you’re supporting your company’s marketing and creative teams, you know that in order for them to keep up with the latest and greatest digital marketing techniques, they can no longer live without mobile applications and devices, which help improve productivity and real-time collaboration between employees and teams.   

The evolution of mobile devices - from smartphones to tablets to wearables – is one of the key factors rapidly pushing the marketing world to evolve in the way they do things.  Teams are dispersed and marketing & advertising agencies are virtually connected, with high levels of collaboration and ‘real-time’ versions of what’s being reviewed and worked on constantly moving between parties.

Apple promises lots of new features in its latest release of OS X El Capitan, including improved enhancements for Spotlight searches, new editing tools and the ability to manage multiple email threads. Just check out the quote included in Apple’s press release, reminding us that El Capitan is here:

“People love using their Macs, and one of the biggest reasons is the power and ease-of-use of OS X,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “El Capitan refines the Mac experience and improves performance in a lot of little ways that make a very big difference."

If your company has a mixed environment of Windows and Macs and you've recently tried to upgrade to the latest version of Mac OS X, you have no doubt encountered frustrating incompatibility issues. Why is that? Well, perhaps Apple forgot to tell you something!

Mac OS X has always supported two network protocols: AFP (Apple Filing Protocol), which is Apple’s native file sharing protocol for Macs, and SMB (Server Messaging Block), which is the native file sharing protocol for Windows and is typically used for NAS storage.

With each OS X update, Apple has tried to improve Mac SMB compatibility. But, even with the latest SMB3 support in OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Mac users continue to report frustrating problems, especially with key applications such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite.

In today’s business world, we need to justify every dollar that we spend, lowering costs, and delivering a return on investment on everything we do. Nowhere is this more true than in IT, where Big Data, Mobility and BYOD are changing the way we work across the globe, requiring companies to an IT depratments to invest and change to remain competitive.

Consider the following facts:

  1. More data is being generated, copied, moved, stored and kept for longer periods of time than ever before
  2. Demands for storage keep growing dramatically, but in general, budgets don’t follow the same curve, and don’t increase in the same proportion to keep up

Research shows that even during the recession of 2008-2009, businesses experienced an approximately 40-percent annual increase in storage demand. Now, as the economy is back on track, that growth rate is closer to 60%.

Increased Mac Adoption in the Workplace Forces IT to Support Multiple Platforms

Windows is known as the workplace platform, but Macs are gaining more traction in the enterprise because of widespread BYOD acceptance and other factors. Many companies are addressing this shift by allowing employees to choose between a Mac or PC and offering IT support for both platforms. 

The Rising Trend of Macs in the Workplace

Apple products in the workplace are expected to grow to 11 percent by 2015, an increase from 8 percent in 2012, according to Forrester Research. Forrester and other analyst firms attribute Apple's rise in popularity among business users to an iPhone "halo-effect," meaning iPhone users wish to use other Apple products while at work. 

1. My existing files won’t be compatible
While the file system on Mac hard drives is different than on Windows PC, the actual files on both systems are basically the same. Files can be moved from a PC to a Mac without issue.

Files can be transferred to a Mac using USB flash drives or external hard drives, CDROM’s, or over a network. If you’re already storing or backing up files from your PC onto an external hard drive, it can be plugged into a Mac’s USB port and files can be copied directly to the Mac. Macs also come with a built in utility called “Migration Assistant” that can automatically transfer your files, email, contacts, etc. to your PC as part of the Mac setup process.

Wired Up!

How can we keep data secure and protected while allowing employees to work on whatever device makes them most productive? This is a topic that is top of mind for many IT departments as mobile devices and Macs infiltrate the enterprise, and something I discussed in an article featured on and Wired’s Innovation Insights.