Some of our users want to mount folders on our server to a drive letter or mountpoint on their Mac or PC.
SFTP bridges (Trasmit on Mac, WebDrive on Win, etc) are painfully slow to navigate when mounted through the cloud. In some cases, the amount of time it takes to enumerate the contents of a modestly-sized folder is far in excess of the amout of time it would take to ssh in, cd to the folder in question, and type in "ls -lha".
Worse, as these mount processes tie into the OS' lower-level I/O stuff, it can cause complete freeze-ups of Explorer/Finder and in a few cases necessitate a complete reboot.
Can anyone explain why this is so slow? I am interested more in knowing why, and less in a practical fix, though if there is anything I can relay to the server guys I'll gladly send it over.