A distributed file system resides on different machines and/or sites, and offers a unified, logical view of data scattered across machines/sites, whether local or remote.
Metadata in object storage systems can be augmented with custom attributes to handle additional file-related information. Doing so with a traditional storage system would require a custom application and database to manage the metadata (these are known as “extended attributes”).
what are the benefits of a distributed file system?
Why does it matter to have both?