network transparency


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network transparency

(networking)
A feature of an operating system or other service which lets the user access a remote resource through a network without having to know if the resource is remote or local.

For example NFS allow users to access remote files as if they were local files.

network transparency

Reading and/or writing to resources on the network (folders, files, printers, etc.) as if they were attached locally. Either built into the operating system or a separate file sharing component, network transparency implies that there is no additional effort required by the user or by the application to access a remote device than a local one. They all appear as one pool of resources. See file sharing protocol.
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