Thursday, April 06, 2006

Microsoft Readies 'BitVault' Self-Healing Data Store

Microsoft Readies 'BitVault' Self-Healing Data Store: "Microsoft is working to commercialize 'BitVault,' a Microsoft Research technology designed to store large volumes of seldom-changing information—the kind of material that overwhelms enterprises needing to house lots of compliance and reference data.

BitVault is Microsoft's code name for a 'content-addressable retention platform for large volumes of reference data.' BitVault incorporates P2P (peer-to-peer) technology for self-managing and self-healing and uses 'massively parallel repair' to reduce the vulnerability of data loss, according to a white paper on the project. Much, if not all, of the work on the BitVault strategy and working prototype seems to be coming out of Microsoft Research Asia.