[OpenAFS] will OpenAFS serve my needs?

Jeffrey Altman jaltman@secure-endpoints.com
Sun, 30 Mar 2008 08:33:48 -0400

Brian Gallew wrote:
> 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.

The AFS cache manager is efficient; its not a miracle worker.
It can't turn your 9600 baud connection into a T-1. :-)