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NAS for multiple heterogeneous servers

I hear a lot about NAS providing central management of data for heterogeneous networks and servers that use different operating systems, such that the NAS servers/devices do all the file I/O requests on behalf of the client and deliver the data back to the user. Is that true?

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Yes, that's true. The NAS device provides remote file serving for multiple heterogeneous servers. Since the storage is behind the NAS device, it serves as a centralization point for management of that storage.

This was first published in October 2004

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