Microsoft researchers are working to develop a substitute for cloud-based document syncing. If everything goes as per the plan, then syncing files will become more personal in the near future. This step is taken to address the continuing distrust in the Cloud-based document syncing services.
The researchers, at Microsoft’s UK Cambridge research arm with Carnegie Mellon University, are working on a distributed file system, named ZZFS, which may one day provide the processes to support remote access to files on a device that is switched off.
The file system addresses criticisms of Microsoft Windows sync service, LiveMesh, and the cloud-based storage platform SkyDrive, which allow a person to access his desktop files when he has forgotten to sync or does not trust a cloud-based service to keep his personal documents secure.
The ZZFS system is supported by a network interface card (NIC) prototype called Somniloquy (that means “sleep talking”) that sits within the storage system of a computer system and retains its network connectivity when dormant.