March 14, 2000
At a Glance
AFS lets users access files on multiple servers and different platforms, regardless of the location of the file, or the location of the end user. Administrators can move files between servers (even servers of different manufacturers running different operating systems) without interrupting user access.
Key features and benefits
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AFS provides a single, shared file space for all authorized users from all possible locations. The file sharing domain is no longer defined by specific organizations, locations, types of machines, or network configurations. With AFS, client and server machines on different platforms can be joined together into a global, shared information system. This environment provides access to files on servers of multiple platforms that support applications regardless of the file or user location.
Wherever key information resides, and wherever it's needed, AFS enables users to access all the information in the enterprise file system, using standard, unmodified, pre-existing applications. This includes word processors, presentation and publication packages, engineering tools, and workflow applications. By seamlessly integrating with these applications, AFS transforms a network of computers into a unified productive workspace for the global information age.
The primary benefits include:
Practical applications for Enterprise File Systems include:
What's New in AFS 3.6
AFS 3.6 provides additional administrative features:
Refer to the Technical Information section for details.
Planned Availability Date
With AFS, sharing information has never been easier. AFS is for large departments, medium-sized businesses, or large enterprises that need a scalable, high-performance, reliable distributed file sharing system. AFS provides robust security and a simple administrative model for file sharing that supports broad platform coverage on UNIX® and Windows.
Multiple Solutions in One
AFS offers a file-sharing solution with the versatility to meet your enterprise file sharing needs. This is whether you're:
AFS lets you improve productivity and collaboration across remote departments. You can break down organizational barriers created by different platforms, physical locations, and job functions. This lets workers share files securely and efficiently, regardless of where the information, or the work team is located.
AFS combines security, scalability, availability, and Web access for your enterprise to give users the confidence that business-critical information is not only accessible, but also accurate, up-to-date, and protected from unauthorized access. And with AFS, you can equip your workforce with the distributed file sharing capabilities to maximize productivity, reduce time-to-market, and reduce overall administrative costs.
This product is Year 2000 ready. When used in accordance with its associated documentation, it is capable of correctly processing, providing, and/or receiving date data within and between the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, provided that all products (for example, hardware, software, and firmware) used with the product properly exchange accurate date data with it.
AFS provides five key benefits critical to distributed application file sharing in the global information age.
Performance Your most frequently requested files are efficiently cached from remote servers to the local desktop for faster data retrieval, reduced server loads, and greater network bandwidth. Memory- and disk-based caching provides high performance as well as fast data recovery if the need to reboot occurs. Data consistency and integrity is provided via a server-based mechanism that monitors and informs client machines when their cached data is no longer current.
Scalability File names are location independent, because they do not incorporate machine name or location information. This creates a unique "plug-and-play" environment. In this environment, administrators can move files easily and add or reconfigure resources to meet changing user and system demands, while ensuring uninterrupted access to the data.
Security Multiple security mechanisms are provided to control the access and usage of data. Kerberos is used to provide mutual client and server authentication that only allows authorized users into the environment. Access Control Lists (ACLs) are used to assign specific data access privileges to users or groups of users. Using ACLs, system administrators can control access to information at the directory level, ensuring the integrity and security of critical data. Encryption options are available for files as they travel across the network for greater data and system integrity both within and between organizations.
Availability Groups of files are automatically (or when requested) replicated across multiple servers within the enterprise. This ensures high availability access to data. This approach eliminates any single point of failure and provides uninterrupted access to data during routine maintenance, system backups, and temporary system failures.
Cost-Effective Administration Related files, as well as client and server machines, are grouped into domains (or cells) to simplify administration and configuration operations. Cells can be transparently linked into much larger administrative domains, letting administrators design extremely large-scale but manageable distributed systems. Systems administrators can make configuration changes from anywhere in the network making remote administration extremely cost effective. Utilizing remote administration facilities with graphical user interface tools, a small number of administrators can manage a large number of users accessing the distributed file system.
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Order Description Number IBM AFS for UNIX Quick SC09-4560 Beginnings English IBM AFS for Windows(TM) Quick SC09-4564 Beginnings English
The following open systems standard applies to this product:
Specified Operating EnvironmentAFS 3.6 Hardware/Software Requirements
Both AFS Clients and AFS Servers can run on the following hardware/operating system combinations:
Additional AFS 3.6 Hardware/Software Minimum Requirements
AFS Control Center (available on Windows NT only):
AFS Light (client software for Windows 95/98):
Each Program Package contains:
Security, Auditability, and Control
The security functions of this IBM product interface with the security provided by the Operating System.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
AFS charges for the number of server installations and the number of registered users authorized to access AFS files. Prices indicated are list price. AFS participates in the IBM Passport Advantage program to provide discount, support, and upgrade protection.
Program packages include the license to install one server and one client. In order to obtain license to install more than one server and/or client, customers need to order additional PoEs along with the program package. For example, if a new customer requires licenses and code to install 5 servers and 1,000 registered users, they would purchase:
The program package will deliver 1 set of CDs (containing code and online documentation) and Quick Beginnings hard copy manuals. In this example, the customer has the right to install server software (any platforms) on up to 5 machines, and as many copies of client software (any platforms) as are necessary to support 1,000 users.
Existing customers who wish to expand their environment, but already have the necessary software, need only order PoE for the new servers or registered users in their environment.
Existing customers can order a media package to obtain software for platforms that they might not currently have. Note that if customers plan to expand their current installation size (that is, add to their current number of servers or users), they must also purchase PoEs for the additional servers or users. For example, a current customer may have 100 registered users that use AIX machines. That customer might want to allow the same users to be able to use Solaris machines as well. This customer is not adding registered users or servers. Therefore, they need only purchase a media package to obtain the Solaris client software. For contrast, if that same customer wanted to add access via Solaris machines AND add another 100 registered users, they would also need to purchase another 100 Registered User PoEs.
Upgrades will be permitted from the following previous program releases for customers who purchased "Network Server and Registered Entity" licenses:
Upgrade pricing for the current version of this product is not available for customers who purchased "Web Enabled" or "Unlimited Entity" licenses. Customers who purchased "Web Enabled" or "Unlimited Entity" licenses can, however, upgrade to the "WebSphere Performance Pack" product.
Part Program Name/Description Number AFS 3.6 Media Package Multilingual BA634ML AFS 3.6 Documentation Pack -- English BA635NA VPO Instl AFS Server Install D47TUML VPO Instl/SW Sub AFS Server D47TVML Install 1 Year VPO Instl/SW Sub AFS Server D47TWML Install 2 Years VPO SW Sub Rnwl AFS Server Install E17U8ML VPO SW Sub AFS Server D47TXML Install 1 Year VPO SW Sub AFS Server D47TYML Install 2 Years CO Instl/SW Sub AFS Server D47U9ML Install 1 Anniv CO Instl/SW Sub AFS Server D47UAML Install 2 Anniv CO SW Sub Rnwl AFS Server Install E17USML CO SW Sub AFS Server D47UDML Install 1 Anniv CO SW Sub AFS Server D47UEML Install 2 Anniv CO Supt AFS Server Install 2 Anniv NA CO Supt AFS Server Install 1 Anniv E17V0ML CO Instl/SW Sub/Supt AFS Server D47UJML Install 1 Anniv CO Instl/SW Sub/Supt AFS Server D47ULML Install 2 Anniv CO SW Sub/Supt AFS Server D47UMML Install 1 Anniv CO SW Sub/Supt Rnwl AFS E17UTML Server Install VPO Instl AFS Registered User D47VCML VPO Instl/SW Sub AFS Registered D47VDML User 1 Year VPO Instl/SW Sub AFS Registered D47VFML User 2 Years VPO SW Sub Rnwl AFS E17VHML Registered User VPO SW Sub AFS Registered D47VKML User 1 Year VPO SW Sub AFS Registered D47VLML User 2 Years CO Instl/SW Sub AFS Registered D47ZDML User 1 Anniv CO Instl/SW Sub AFS Registered D47ZGML User 2 Anniv CO SW Sub Rnwl AFS Registered User E17ZLML CO SW Sub AFS Registered D47ZIML User 1 Anniv CO SW Sub AFS Registered D47ZKML User 2 Anniv CO Supt AFS Registered User 2 Anniv NA CO Supt AFS Registered User 1 Anniv NA CO Instl/SW Sub/Supt AFS NA Registered User 1 Anniv CO Instl/SW Sub/Supt AFS NA Registered User 2 Anniv Part Program Name/Description Number CO SW Sub/Supt AFS Registered NA User 1 Anniv CO SW Sub/Supt Rnwl AFS NA Registered User
Terms and Conditions
The charges provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.
Part One-Time Program Name Number Charge AFS 3.6 with 1 server 41L2647 $6,075 and 1 registered user install -- English AFS 3.6 Server Install 41L2651 5,995 Proof of Entitlement AFS 3.6 Registered User 41L2653 19 PoEUpgrades
Current Program Name/ Part One-Time Description Numbers Charge AFS 3.6 1 Server and 41L2649 $3,039 1 User Upgrade -- English AFS 3.6 Server Install 41L2652 2,999 PoE Upgrade AFS 3.6 Registered 41L2654 10 User PoE Upgrade
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