Apr 11, 2011

How is a NAS different from a file server?

Is there a difference?


Network attached storage (NAS) is the traditional definition of a file server, because it provides access to a shared file system across a network. File servers, led by Microsoft's Windows Server family, evolved into general purpose servers that run applications as well as provide file access. For the most part, NAS appliances only provide access to shared storage systems and don't run any applications.

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