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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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Summary

Network file systems are the oldest and most commonly used storage network technology in open-systems computing. In general, network file systems are implemented either with file server software on file server systems or as NAS products.

Client system file systems have strongly influenced the development of this technology. NFS was developed by Sun Microsystems for networking UNIX systems, and CIFS (SMB at the time) was developed by Microsoft for networking Windows systems. As a result, network file system software products are biased toward either UNIX or Windows. While NAS products can also have a bias, they can also be designed to be neutral. The most successful NAS products have been designed for client neutrality.

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