September 15th, 2012 admin
(What follows is a guest blog entry)
The Microsoft Research Team have teamed-up with the Windows Azure Storage Group to create a tool to reduce the amount of space that stored data needs. There are many advantages of this new development, the main one being that it massively reduces the cost of storing data. With the growth of the cloud, which enables users to store data securely, there has been a growing need to find a better way of storing duplicates. This has become necessary because people who want to protect their data against serve failures are encouraged to have as many as three full copies stored, to eliminate the risk. Obviously, with so many people tripling the amount of data they want to store, this poses the question of how to maintain this effectively.
What the Microsoft team have done is to find a way to code data. The result of this is a shortened description that can be stored easily and then reassembled later on to be delivered to the user. This seems to be an effective solution, as it would free up space on users’ computers, so they can simply use them for entertainment purposes, playing on partycasino.com and communicating with family members. When they want to, they can then access all of their important information that is stored elsewhere, on the cloud.
While this process of coding data has been done before, it is the way that Microsoft are doing it that is so ground-breaking. What happens now, is that Windows Azure Storage takes the stored data and condenses it using a technique known as “lazy erasure coding”. This goes on in the background, taking chunks of data, opening them, filling them and storing them in three copies. The data is then sealed which leaves space for more.
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