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wide area file services
Last modified: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 

Wide area file services, or WAFS, is a storage technology that allows businesses and enterprises to access remote data centers as if they were local. WAFS allow
multiple agencies to manage data, data archiving and wide area file services products and provide a combination of distributed file systems and caching technology to allow real-time, read-write access to shared file storage from any location. A wide area file services is an alternative system to a wide-area network (WAN).

* WAFS systems usually consist of edge file gateway (EFG) appliances, which are placed at remote offices, and one or more central server (CS) appliances that allow storage resources to be accessed by the EFGs. [Source: CommsDesign]

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File distribution between remote locations is a hot topic in the enterprise world. But, to make it a reality, designers need to deliver systems that effectively handle file transfers across the WANs. Fortunately, WAFS boxes provide a strong alternative.

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Despite continual improvement in storage technologies, dealing with storage and remote sites remains a thorn in the side of many administrators. Concerns about cost, security, excessive exposure of proprietary business data, and overall maintenance (backup and management) of offsite data are problems that have yet to find broadly accepted solutions.

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