Wednesday, 13 August 2014


what the metadata is for. Your single file is split up into a bunch of small pieces and spread out of geographic location, servers, and hard drives. These small pieces also contain more data, they contain parity information for the other pieces of data, or maybe even outright duplication.
The metadata is used to locate every piece of data for that file over different geographic locations, data centres, servers and hard drives as well as being used to restore any destroyed pieces from hardware failure. It does this automatically. It will even fluidly move these pieces around to have a better spread. It will even recreate a piece that is gone and store it on a new good hard drive.

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