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File storage standard completed

A consortium of more than 80 companies is scheduled to announce on Monday the completion of the Direct Access File System (DAFS) standard, a protocol that lets a program send information directly to a network system without relying on a computer's operating system to manage the communication. At a meeting set for Monday in San Jose, Calif., the consortium will disband and announce a successor organization to govern the specification. By bypassing the operating system, DAFS enables faster reading and writing of files over a network, giving it appeal to network storage computers makers such as Network Appliance, which in a regulatory filing Tuesday said it might be able to release its first DAFS-enabled products in early 2002. Version 1.0 of DAFS, available for download, was completed Aug. 30.

A consortium of more than 80 companies is scheduled to announce on Monday the completion of the Direct Access File System (DAFS) standard, a protocol that lets a program send information directly to a network system without relying on a computer's operating system to manage the communication. At a meeting set for Monday in San Jose, Calif., the consortium will disband and announce a successor organization to govern the specification.

By bypassing the operating system, DAFS enables faster reading and writing of files over a network, giving it appeal to network storage computers makers such as Network Appliance, which in a regulatory filing Tuesday said it might be able to release its first DAFS-enabled products in early 2002. Version 1.0 of DAFS, available for download, was completed Aug. 30.