Distributed file systems have been used for decades to facilitate the process of storing, accessing, and sharing data. Like local file systems, distributed file systems give employees a familiar way to interact with data by providing a common namespace and a hierarchical, organizational structure. They go further by making files stored on one or more remote servers appear to users as if they were stored locally. Network File System (NFS) and Common Internet File System (CIFS) are two of the most frequently used protocols for implementing distributed file systems.
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