[OpenAFS] will OpenAFS serve my needs?

Brian Gallew geek+afs@cmu.edu
Sun, 30 Mar 2008 10:09:21 +0300

Jeffrey Altman wrote:
> AFS clients are quite efficient when reading data across a WAN.
> The AFS Cache Manager is designed explicitly for that purpose.
> Once data is read by the client there is no need to read the
> data a second time from the file server unless either the data
> is flushed from the cache or the data is altered on the file
> server.  This is true regardless of the type of volume the data
> is read from.

The AFS cache manager is very efficient, yes.  However, my experience 
with WAN access is that initial access is quite slow.  That said, I must 
point out that in my case, this may be a "feature" of our VPN tunnel, 
since we've also seen some negative impact on other file transfers.