Patent number 8650216 is assigned to
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Collaboration servers handle wide varieties and large amounts of data for participants of a collaboration service and typically store data in a single storage substrate like a Sequential Query Language (SQL) server. This behavior may result in resource bottlenecks, poor scalability, and high cost for data storage. In situations where the deployments include large amounts of data such as tens of terabytes of files, the challenge of managing data storage for collaboration services becomes even more significant.
"Furthermore, different types of data such as structured data or unstructured data ('blob') may be processed and accessed differently by the storage and processing systems with varying overhead requirements. If one type of data does not require the same overhead for processing or is not accessed in the same way as another type, subjecting both types to the same treatment may result in wasted resources and increased cost of managing the storage of the data."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "This summary is provided to introduce a selection of concepts in a simplified form that are further described below in the Detailed Description. This summary is not intended to identify key features or essential features of the claimed subject matter, nor is it intended as an aid in determining the scope of the claimed subject matter.
"Embodiments are directed to storing data in a collaboration environment in a distributed manner based on categorization of the data. The categorization may be based on type of data (e.g. structured vs. unstructured), how the data is accessed, an expected storage life for the data, back-up requirements, and the like. By directing data to suitable storage based on the determine categories, usage of system resources, cost of storage, and scalability of the system may be optimized.
"These and other features and advantages will be apparent from a reading of the following detailed description and a review of the associated drawings. It is to be understood that both the foregoing general description and the following detailed description are explanatory only and are not restrictive of aspects as claimed."
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