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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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Network Attached Storage (NAS)

NAS is a product concept that packages file system hardware and software with a complete storage I/O subsystem as an integrated file server solution. All of the technologies that have already been discussed in this book, plus additional management features, can be rolled into a single NAS product offering.

NAS systems are often referred to as storage appliances because, like kitchen appliances, they are designed for ease of use and convenience. They save significant administration effort compared to traditional file server systems. NAS bypasses the selection and installation of system, CPU, memory, network cards, storage HBAs, storage devices and subsystems, network file system software, and specialized device drivers. ...

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