<networking, operating system> (NFS) A protocol developed by Sun Microsystems, and defined in RFC 1094, which allows a computer to access files over a network as if they were on its local disks. This protocol has been incorporated in products by more than two hundred companies, and is now a de facto standard. NFS is implemented using a connectionless protocol (UDP) in order to make it stateless.
See Nightmare File System, WebNFS.
Nearby terms: Network Device Interface Specification « network engineer « Network extensible Window System « Network File System » Network Filing System » Network Information Center » Network Information Service