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
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.