Network File Service

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Network File Service (NFS) A set of protocols that run over an Ethernet network and offer support for file transfer and access, and for paging. The system was originally developed by Sun to allow the use of workstations without disks: it provides the ability for one workstation, without disks, to use another workstation, with disks, to supply both a file store and paging support. The system is now offered by other suppliers and has become a de facto standard for work of this kind.