What is a Network Operating System?

Unlike operating systems, such as Windows, that are designed for single users to control one computer, network operating systems (NOS) coordinate the activities of multiple computers across a network.

The network operating system acts as a director to keep the network running smoothly.

The two major types of network operating systems are:


Nearly all modern networks are a combination of both. The networking design can be considered independent of the servers and workstations that will share it.