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Network file systems and Linux

Nov 23, 2010, 23:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by M. Tim Jones)

"Summary: Network File System (NFS) has been around since 1984, but it continues to evolve and provide the basis for distributed file systems. Today, NFS (through the pNFS extension) provides scalable access to files distributed across a network. Explore the ideas behind distributed file systems and in particular, recent advances in NFS.

"A network file system is a network abstraction over a file system that allows a remote client to access it over a network in a similar way to a local file system. Although not the first such system, NFS has grown and evolved into the most powerful and widely used network file system in UNIX®. NFS permits sharing of a common file system among a multitude of users and provides the benefit of centralizing data to minimize needed storage.

"This article begins with a short history of NFS, its origins, and how it has evolved. It then explores the NFS architecture and where NFS is going."

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