Fundamentals of Network File Systems

Network file systems were introduced in 1985 by Sun Microsystems with Network File Systems (NFSs). NFS allowed teams of users working on Sun UNIX workstations to exchange data files over a LAN without having to use removable storage diskettes or tapes. In fact, NFS allowed systems to be made that had no local storage whatsoever (diskless workstations) by allowing systems to load the operating system over a network. NFS was an immediate success and was quickly adopted throughout the UNIX industry as a standard for storing and sharing files. Today NFS is one of the oldest and most widely used standards in network storage.

Soon afterward many similar and competing network file storage products were introduced ...

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