Flat Datacenter Storage
Jeremy Elson and Edmund B. Nightingale
There’s been an explosion of interest in Big Data—the tools and techniques for handling very large data sets. Flat Datacenter Storage (FDS) is a new storage project at Microsoft Research. We’ve built a blob store meant for Big Data, which scales to tens of thousands of disks, makes efficient use of hardware, and is fault tolerant, but still maintains the conceptual simplicity and flexibility of a small computer.