Authenticating Network Atttached Storage


We present an architecture for network authenticated disks that can be used to implement distributed file systems without file servers and without encryption. Network file systems suffer from poor performance due to file access time and protocol overhead at the file server. In order to mitigate these costs, it has been proposed that disks should be directly attached to the network, providing network clients with direct network access to remote storage. Since the file server authenticates the network clients in classical filesystems, the network attached storage must also be able to authenticate the network clients that are directly accessing them. The authentication used by our network attached storage avoids doing key exchange and encryption.

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  author       = {Benjamin C. Reed and Darrell D. E. Long and Edward  G. Chron and Randal Burns},
  title        = {Authenticating Network Attached Storage},
  journal      = {IEEE Micro},
  volume       = {},
  month        = jun,
  year         = {2003},