[OpenAFS] Current comparison of NFSv4 with AFS.

Tim Spriggs tims@arizona.edu
Mon, 23 Jul 2007 12:27:48 -0700

Steve Simmons wrote:
> On Jul 23, 2007, at 8:21 AM, Jesse W. Asher wrote:
>> Anyone have any real world experience they are willing to share on 
>> how AFS compares with current implementations of NFSv4?
>> I'm doing some research on deploying AFS vs. NFSv4 and trying to 
>> understand which might be better at this point in time.  
>> Specifically, I'm in interested in the following areas:
>> 1)  WAN performance
>> 2)  Global namespace (transparency of file/directory location)
>> 3)  Caching
>> 4)  Security
>>    a)  Encryption
>>    b)  ACLs
>> I found some discussions in the archives, but the ones I found were 
>> old (2003) and I wanted a current perspective.
> IMHO the biggest single issue with near-term deployment is the 
> clients. NFSv4 looks like a big improvement, but I can't find things 
> more current than a year back about client status. At that time, the 
> clients didn't look production-ready to me.
Darwin doesn't have NFSv4 support unless you trust an ad-hoc piece of 
software with no support. I remember seeing a comment about Solaris 
needing patches or an upgrade to 10. Linux has had support in kernel for 
a little while now though it may not be there by default on many 
distros. Of course, openafs also needs to be "enabled" on many distros 
as well.