file server

noun
a computer that makes files available to workstations on a network.
Compare server ( def 6 ).
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file server
 
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computing the central unit of a local area network that controls its operation and provides access to separately stored data files

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file server definition


Hardware and software that together provide file-handling and storage functions for multiple users on a local area network. The most common choices for file server software are Sun Microsystems' Network File System for Unix and Novell Netware for IBM PC compatibles. There is also a version of NFS for PCs called PC-NFS. Storing files on a file server saves having multiple copies stored on individual computers, thus economising on disk space and also makes administrating and updating the files easier.
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Example sentences
For example, a file server is a computer on which users can store files.
They made building your own file server insanely simple.
The data is stored on computer disk, stored in a secure central file server.
The file server is on the middle shelf on the right rack.
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