On the back of the series of whats new in 2014 blog articles we have something even newer! Released to subscription customers post 2014 is the AVFS, what is that you ask? First and foremost it’s a four letter acronym, but it also happens to stand for "Autodesk Vault File Server".
In an effort to continually improve our replication services we have introduced AVFS as an alternative to the traditional ADMS file store replication solution available today. AVFS offers a number of benefits over ADMS file store replication by providing a simpler install / configure solution with an all-important boost in Vault server connection performance.
How does it differ? In an ADMS file store replication each server has an installation of ADMS, meaning each user speaks to a local server which then communicates to the remote SQL server to execute SQL interactions. Due to the remote communications between ADMS and SQL, the client will experience a delay in response until the remote communications are complete. AVFS cuts out this unnecessary step.
Users will still now log into a local AVFS server, that server is configured to redirect the user's information requests, so the user, without knowing it, communicates directly with the ADMS sitting closest to SQL, making it much faster to search and carry out any other database type activity.
The file store of course still lives on the AVFS machine so file retrieval is done locally and files are replicated the same as before, the only difference is there is no ADMS installed on that server to process SQL bound requests.
The great news for existing replication users too is that updating is simple, administrators can un-install existing remote ADMS sites and install the new AVFS tool using the exact same file store and configuring main site / replication schedule with the new light weight management console.
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