Tuesday, April 17, 2012

What is the difference between HDFS and NAS ?

    The Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) is a distributed file system designed to run on commodity hardware. It has many similarities with existing distributed file systems. However, the differences from other distributed file systems are significant. Following are differences between HDFS and NAS
    • In HDFS Data Blocks are distributed across local drives of all machines in a cluster. Whereas in NAS data is stored on dedicated hardware.
    • HDFS is designed to work with Map Reduce System, since computation are moved to data. NAS is not suitable for Map Reduce since data is stored separately from the computations.
    • HDFS runs on a cluster of machines and provides redundancy using replication protocol. Whereas NAS is provided by a single machine therefore does not provide data redundancy.

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