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File area network (FAN) is a computer networking approach that includes multiple methods for file sharing and data management over a network. It enhances storage capability and infrastructure by providing a heterogeneous and centralized file sharing and control system. The decoupling layer included in FAN separates the physical file location from logical file access.
FAN is similar to storage area network (SAN). Both are a systematic way to store and manage bulk data in a computer networking environment.
The primary function of FAN is to improve and organize unstructured data. For this purpose, FAN uses different mechanisms, which are described in the list of features below. FAN is the solution for certain types of system issues such as binding or linking between applications and storage devices.
The main elements of FAN include: