SEOUL, March 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Korean IT researchers at the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) have developed a software-based petabyte-level cloud storage system, said the institute on March 18.
Existing cloud storage systems, typically made by well-known Japanese companies, can be only established by purchasing hardware with non-replaceable on-board software, which can hinder efficient maintenance.
However, ETRI‘s new technology enables cloud service providers to operate petabyte online storage systems by installing the software onto several computers. The new software works to harness little bits of bytes left on each computer, and combine them into one big online storage space.
The technology can result in more stability for maintenance and data restoration, as service providers have more control over the software, and can easily restore data since the new technology makes a copy of stored data files automatically on several PCs.
With the ETRI technology, cloud service providers can establish systems at half the price of the existing technology. Commercialization is already underway, as LG U-Plus recently applied the technology to the company’s U+ Box cloud storage service with success.
By Kevin Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)