Microsoft Readies BitVault Self-Healing Data Store
Once a Microsoft Research project, Microsoft's forthcoming P2P-based storage engine will be targeted at the growing market for managing and delivering compliance and reference data. (Microsoft Watch)Microsoft is working to commercialize "BitVault," a Microsoft Research technology designed to store large volumes of seldom-changing informationthe kind of material that overwhelms enterprises needing to house lots of compliance and reference data. BitVault is Microsofts 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. As it does with many research projects, Microsoft has moved BitVault into the product groups, intending to commercialize the technology, according to sources close to the company. The Clusters, File Systems and Storage team is now spearheading the BitVault project, according to sources.
Microsofts goal is to develop BitVault into a new distributed storage engine that will be able to store cheaply and manage petabytes of information. Microsoft is hoping to be able to field a first-generation product based on BitVault within two years, sources said.