[OpenAFS] Re: afs vs nfs

Dan Pritts danno@internet2.edu
Wed, 23 Nov 2005 09:35:17 -0500

On Tue, Nov 22, 2005 at 08:38:31AM -0500, Joe Buehler wrote:
> - AFS storage is organized into volumes, attached to one or more mount
> points under the /afs tree.   These volumes can be moved from server
> to server while they are in use.  This is great when you have to
> take down a machine, or you run out of space on it.  The users never
> notice.

This can also be considered a disadvantage.  When using AFS, you are
forced to manage your storage the AFS way.  Files are effectively not
stored natively on the filesystem, and cannot be accessed via some other
method, and must be backed up via afs-specific methods.

It works pretty well, but as an NFSv4 presenter put it, NFS is a network
filesystem - with AFS you have to swallow the whale of all the other AFS

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