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SearchStorage, November 22nd, 2022
December 2, 2022,
Volume 296, Issue 5

A distributed file system (DFS) is a file system that enables clients to access file storage from multiple hosts through a computer network as if the user was accessing local storage.

Files are spread across multiple storage servers and in multiple locations, which enables users to share data and storage resources. A DFS can be designed so geographically distributed users, such as remote workers and distributed teams, can access and share files remotely as if they were stored locally.

How a DFS works

A DFS clusters together multiple storage nodes and logically distributes data sets across multiple nodes that each have their own computing power and storage. The data on a DFS can reside on various types of storage devices, such as solid-state drives and hard disk drives.

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