Ensuring Cloud data reliability with minimum replication by proactive replica checking
Abstract-In the first place, data reliability and storage costs are two primary concerns for current Cloud storage systems. To ensure data reliability, the widely used multi-replica (typically three) replication strategy in current Clouds incurs a huge extra storage consumption, resulting in a huge storage cost for data-intensive applications in the Cloud in particular. In order to reduce the Cloud storage consumption while meeting the data reliability requirement, in this paper we present a cost-effective data reliability management mechanism named PRCR based on a generalized data reliability model. By using a proactive replica checking approach, while the running overhead for PRCR is negligible, PRCR ensures reliability of the massive Cloud data with the minimum replication, which can also serve as a cost effectiveness benchmark for replication based approaches.
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