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Designing Distributed File Storage Systems - Explained with Google File System(GFS) - Part 1

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Overview: Original paper: The Google File System Authors: Sanjay Ghemawat, Howard Gobioff, and Shun-Tak Leung A distributed file system(DFS) is a file system that allows you to access files stored in multiple hosts distributed across them. In contrast to other data stores like MySQL or NoSQL which can also be made distributed, the data is DFS is stored in raw form and as files instead of a table or a fixed-document format. The use cases where DFS is used are very vast. From storing media content like Youtube videos to Instagram images to blogs like these, anything that can be stored as a file, is big and is not suitable to store in other data stores, DFS is generally a preferred choice for everyone. Key points to consider while designing a DFS: Understanding from the perspective of using a distributed file system, there are some characteristics that need to be considered while choosing the data store and tweaked according to the business requirements of the project. Consistency - Str