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From Stefan Guggisberg <stefan.guggisb...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Q: Using JackRabbit as a distributed file store
Date Fri, 13 Feb 2009 08:51:04 GMT
On Thu, Feb 12, 2009 at 8:12 PM, Shaul Dar <shauldar@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I hope you can help me with the following. I apologize for the length of
> this message...
> My organization (non-profit) has a need for what I think of as a
> distributed, virtual file system. The idea is to abstract logical files and
> folders from their physical location. I.e. logical file = handle, physical
> file = data.
> There are 2 main user categories: (1) normal users = content creators (e.g.
> video, audio and docs) need to deposit files into logical folders (i.e.
> create "logical files"), and give them properties (e.g. file content type,
> intended audience). Based on predefined rules, the file should
> automatically be moved to 1 or more physical servers in the 3 worldwide
> locations we have, and stored there using the local file system (Windows,
> Linux etc). (2) Administrators need to control file distribution, i.e.
> mapping of logical files to physical replicas (e.g. delete/add replicas).
> We need a Web GUI for users and admins. Should support the logical folder
> system (create space, create/delete move folder etc), search (by file name,
> size, date created or last modified, and possibly hash value), and a
> coarse-grain permissions system (e.g. user vs. admin). The back-end should
> perform the necessary file transfers, e.g. add/fetch a replica (reliably),
> preferably over HTTP (i.e. OS agnostic). In between should be a mapping
> layer that maps logical files to physical files. All metadata should be kept
> in a DB (MySQL).
> To clarify, I am aware of distributed file systems (*FS), this is not what I
> am looking for. I am looking rather for (1) management piece (Web based
> interface) described above + (2) the physical transfer layer, and (3) the
> layer that maps logical/physical files.
> So my questions are: does JackRabbit provide what we want? Having read thru
> the documentation, I am still unclear on whether it is a framework or a
> full-blown system, and does it have only back-end components or also a
> front-end. In short, I'm trying to understand how much we would need to
> develop? I saw that Day is developing a commercial system, but for a hefty
> sum - is there a free alternative? Also I understand that JackRabbit
> currently supports JCR 1.x, which does not include distribution across
> locations? Is there an estimate when it will support JCR 2.x, i.e.
> WAN distribution?

what makes you think JCR 2.X is about WAN distribution?


> The other concept I've seen is the WebDav spec, which seems to be about 10
> years old. I don't know if there are any implementation (e.g.
> http://ftp.ics.uci.edu/
> <http://goog_1234415942981>pub/ietf/<http://goog_1234415942981>
> webdav <http://goog_1234415942981>/ <http://goog_1234415942981>
> http://ftp.ics.uci.edu/pub/ietf/webdav/implementation.html), or systems
> built on top of it, that provides what I want.
> Any suggestions, corrections,feedback? You are welcome to mail me...
> Thanks!
> -- Shaul
> Dr. Shaul Dar
> Email: shauldar@gmail.com
> Web: www.shauldar.com

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