Network File System (NFS) is a network file system protocol originally developed by Sun Microsystems in 1984, allowing a user on a client computer to access files over a network in a manner similar to how local storage is accessed.
The Network File System is an open standard defined in RFCs, allowing anyone to implement the protocol.
Version 4 (RFC 3010, December 2000; revised in RFC 3530, April 2003), influenced by AFS and CIFS, includes performance improvements, mandates strong security, and introduces a stateful protocol. Version 4 became the first version developed with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) after Sun Microsystems handed over the development of the NFS protocols.
NFS version 4 minor version 1 (NFSv4.1) has been approved by the IESG and received an RFC number since Jan 2010. The NFSv4.1 specification aims:
To provide protocol support to take advantage of clustered server deployments including the ability to provide scalable parallel access to files distributed among multiple servers (pNFS extension).
Tests over Gigabit
Samba and NFS both kinda suck :p