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Help Wanted - Global File Server Designing
SETTING UP A GLOBAL FILE SERVER WITH A HOT DR BACKUP
XYZ Ltd is a global fund management company with offices in Singapore, Sydney and Malaysia.
Each office has a local file server that would be shut down at the end of the working day
thus only accessible at each location’s office hours. As operations become more global,
there is a need for a global file server that is accessible 24 / 7.
The global file server has to be able to perform a 2-way synchronization to ensure the
latest copies of files are updated to the global file server and to each local file server at
any point in time wherever the file may be updated, either from the global file server or
local file server.
A hot backup has to be set up for the global file server so that if the production global file
server crashes, the backup can immediately be activated and retrieve the latest, most
updated files, with minimum downtime and virtually zero impact on operations. Users
have to be able to continually access their latest working files.
Assuming each office in Malaysia, Singapore and Australia, has one file server each, the
Environment Specification and details for each file server are listed as follows.
Server A (Malaysia):
OS: FREEBSD 6.1
Applications: OpenLDAP, Samba
Bandwidth: Upstream 512Kbps, Downstream 1 Mbps
Server B (Singapore):
OS: CentOS 5.3
Applications: OpenLDAP, Samba
Bandwidth: Upstream 768Kbps, Downstream 2 Mbps
Server C (Australia):
OS: Windows 2003 Server
Applications: Active Directory, Network FileSharing
Bandwidth: Upstream 1Mbps, Downstream 4 Mbps
1. All servers are hosted locally in the office.
2. Server A and B will start its service from 8:30am to 7:00pm (Malaysian Time).
3. Server C will start its service from 9:00am to 6:00pm (Australian Time).
4. The Marketing Manager and Higher Management will need to access files in
these servers at any time and from any where in the world.
5. Files stored in the file servers vary in sizes from 1Kb to 200Mb.
6. All applications, protocols and communications tools must be on open source
framework or developed internally.
7. Communication channels between clients and servers must be tightly secured.
8. Any changes to the central server will be automatically copied and thus reflected
in the local server.
9. Changes to files must be logged, and can be audited by IT staff.
10. Average file sizes are around 10Mb, must be able to be opened within 1 to 2
11. There must be a backup for every file, just in case users accidentally remove the file.
According to the specifications and requirements stated above, you are expected
to come up with a working prototype of a system (Global File Server) that can
meet the above requirements. Include all relevant network diagrams, UML
diagrams and flowcharts in your answer.
List all the applications, protocols and monitoring tools that are used in the
system in as much detail as possible.
Explain the strengths and weaknesses of the prototype system and how the
system can be improved.
The system must be accompanied by a Disaster Recovery plan.