Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC and Visuality Systems Ltd. have announced the expansion of their Server Message Block (SMB) collaboration from the embedded world to the enterprise market. This broad partnership will mean enhanced business solutions to more products worldwide.
Visuality Systems has broadened its NQ product family by releasing NQ Storage, bringing storage platform file-sharing capabilities to even more products and consumers through better interoperability between Windows and non-Windows machines.
“NQ Storage reflects 17 years of SMB development experience and is targeted to fill a missing void in the storage market,” said Tal Widerman, marketing manager of Visuality Systems Ltd. “Our joint efforts focus on providing storage developers with a commercial Microsoft interoperability solution stack.”
“The patent and business collaboration between Microsoft and Visuality Systems builds on an already strong partnership that will deliver enhanced business solutions across products for more consumers,” said Nick Psyhogeos, president of Microsoft Technology Licensing. “This relationship enables storage manufacturers to turn their storage system into network attached storage by the integration of Microsoft’s SMB protocol. We are glad to be working with VS to maximize the SMB support efficiency in the storage market.”
Microsoft’s commitment to licensing IP
The patent agreement is another example of the important role intellectual property (IP) plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant technology ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, it has entered into more than 1,200 licensing agreements.
About Visuality Systems Ltd.
Visuality Systems, Ltd. provides SMB-based solutions for a multitude of operating systems. Since its inception in 1998, the organization is fully dedicated to the development of SMB implementations.
About Microsoft Technology Licensing
Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC was formed in 2014 to acquire, manage and license Microsoft’s patent portfolio. Microsoft actively looks to license their technology to partners around the globe.