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Andrew File System (AFS) is a distributed network file system developed by Carnegie Mellon University. Enterprises use an AFS to facilitate stored server file access between AFS client machines located in different areas. AFS supports reliable servers for all network clients accessing transparent and homogeneous namespace file locations.
An AFS may be accessed from a distributed environment or location independent platform. A user accesses an AFS from a computer running any type of OS with Kerberos authentication and single namespace features. Users share files and applications after logging into machines that interact within the Distributed Computing Infrastructure (DCI).
In distributed networks, an AFS relies on local cache to enhance performance and reduce workload. For example, a server responds to a workstation request and stores the data in the workstation's local cache. When the workstation requests the same data, the local cache fulfills the request.
AFS networks employ server and client components, as follows:
AFS equips users with multiple access control permissions, as follows: