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Vol. 6 No. 4 June 2007

Grid storage gets real

Until recently, most grid storage systems have been deployed in specialized high-performance computing environments such as oil and gas exploration. But new grid storage systems specifically designed for low-cost, general-purpose data protection from Cleversafe--an open-source community that's creating software for dispersed data storage--and NEC are making their way out of research labs and into corporate beta-testing environments. Computer scientists say the Internet will soon have the same impact on data storage that it's had on computing and communications technologies. Cleversafe, started by Chris Gladwin, its president and CEO, has developed a way to store documents and files over the Internet in slices of encrypted data that can be reassembled only by the computers that originally created the files. In the case of a node or nodes failing, any majority of nodes can put the data back together; for example, in an 11-node system, six nodes can recover all the data, says Gladwin. Cleversafe consists of two parts: ...

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