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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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Applications for Network File Storage

Network file storage has two basic applications: centralized storage management and data sharing.

Centralized Storage Management

Network file systems provide centralized storage for large numbers of users and applications, significantly easing storage administration tasks. Instead of managing storage for hundreds or thousands of individual systems, administrators can concentrate on a much smaller number of servers.

Centralizing storage on servers also enables a systematic approach to fundamental storage management tasks like backup. In general, the end user community cannot be trusted to do this work, and workstation backup is impractical. Putting data on file servers provides the best opportunity to care ...

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