File storage, also called file-level storage, or file-based storage is a type of storage that stores data in a hierarchical structure. The data, which is saved in files and folders, is presented to both the system storing it and the system retrieving it in the same way. Data can be accessed by using the Common Internet File System (CIFS), Network File System (NFS) or Server Message Block (SMB) protocols.
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See also: network-attached storage (NAS)