Microsoft Research Project Could Displace Storage Nets

New developments could widen use of large clusters of inexpensive servers.

Microsoft Corp. is working on a storage project that could lead to wider use of large clusters of inexpensive servers. The Boxwood project lets developers define the amount of storage they need at a level above block sizes and provide their own identifier for that space independent of actual storage address space. If successful, the project could be transferred into a future generation of storage virtualization products.

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