Distributed file systems, using http

Justin Chapweske justin@chapweske.com
Fri, 12 Oct 2001 00:27:05 -0500

If you are looking at *distributed* file systems, then whether its an 
"http file system" or not shouldn't matter.  Instead you should shift 
your thinking to approach it as two seperate pieces: your client/server 
front end file system, and your distributed back end file system.  

I would recommend using webdav for your frontend and Intermezzo 
(http://clusterfs.com/), GFS (http://www.sistina.com/), or your favorite 
distributed fs for the back end.  The big thing to watch out for is 
compatibility of locking semantics between webdav and your distributed fs.


Justin Chapweske, Onion Networks

Clay Shirky wrote:

>So I'm talking with this group developing a secure distributed file
>system for medical records*, and the grant-giving organization I'm
>advising wants examples of other attempts at distributed file systems
>over the Web for comparison, and to make sure the PING group is not
>re-inventing the wheel.
>I'm sending them to Web DAV and XMLStorageSystem. What else is out
>there I should know about?
>* http://www.chip.org/chip/research/projects_ping.html