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    Best way of mouting file system remotely? NFS/SSHFS

    I've been debating this in my head in that we have a number of servers that need to mount a remote server (for backups actually) and debating about the best way of doing it. Traditionally I would use NFS but this is going to have to run over the public internet and NFS is insecure at the best of times.

    Now I've got root on all the servers and I was thinking of using sshfs via fuse but just wondered if anyone had any input of the stability of it or any other way.

    R1Soft wouldn't work in this method as the backups are created by the user
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    What's the link speed and latency between the two endpoints?
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    100Mbit each way and between 0.1ms and 0.2ms

    rus
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    NFS should work fine. Assuming this <1ms is over your own network, which is public facing, you should be fine with some firewall rules. It's over long distances where the traffic can be intercepted that you'd really have an issue. It's not perfect but it works.

    You could also do it over an IPsec private network, either by configuring virtual interfaces + IPsec on the servers, or with two hardware firewalls at either side...

    NFS isn't amazingly fast, but SSHFS isn't fast at all in my experience, you'll probably want to avoid it.

    Dan
    Last edited by dkitchen; 12-30-2007 at 01:07 AM.

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