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Storage Networking Fundamentals: An Introduction to Storage Devices, Subsystems, Applications, Management, and Filing Systems by Marc Farley

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Filing, File Systems, and Operating Systems

The last of the three fundamental storage network functions is filing. In general, filing's role is to organize how data is structured in a storage address space as well as to represent it to applications and users. In practice, two types of filing products are in the market: file systems and databases.

File systems are closely associated with operating systems and have very close interactions with them. Considering how much storage activity there can be within a system, it is imperative that the file system and operating system work very well together without errors.

In most cases, they appear to be part of the same product, but that does not have to be the case. It is possible to use file systems ...

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