Difference between Network OS and Distributed OS

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Both Network OS, Operating System, and Distributed OS, Operating System works on multiple systems/nodes. The major difference between the two OS is that in the case of Network OS, each system can have its own Operating System whereas, in the case of distributed OS, each machine have a single operating system as the common operating system.

The following are some of the important differences between Network OS and Distributed OS.

Sr. No.KeyNetwork OSDistributed OS
1ObjectiveNetwork OS provides local services to remote clients.Distributed OS manages the hardware resources.
2CommunicationCommunication is file-based, shared folder based.Communication is message-based or shared memory-based.
3ScalabilityNetwork OS is highly scalable. A new machine can be added very easily.Distributed OS is less scalable. The process to add new hardware is complex.
4Fault toleranceLess fault tolerance as compared to distributed OS.Distributed OS has very high fault tolerance.
5AutonomyEach machine can acts on its own thus autonomy is high.Distributed OS has a poor rate of autonomy.
6ImplementationNetwork OS-based systems are easy to built and maintain.Distributed OS implementation is difficult.
7Operating SystemNetwork OS-based systems have their own copy of operating systems.Distributed OS-based nodes have the same copy of the operating system.
Published on 15-Apr-2020 09:49:39