Evaluation of a Blob Store's Design

Examine how our blob store design fulfills its requirements.

Let’s evaluate how our design helps us achieve our requirements.


The replication part of our design makes the system available. For reading the data, we keep four replicas for each blob. Having replicas, we can distribute the request load. If one node fails, the other replica node can serve the request. Moreover, our replica placement strategy handles a whole data center failure and can even handle the situation of region unavailability due to natural disastersNatural disasters include floods, earthquakes, wildfires, tornadoes, nuclear reactor meltdowns, and so on.. We ensure that enough replicas are available at any point in time using our monitoring service, which makes a copy of the data in a timely manner if the number of failed replicas exceeds the specified threshold.

For write requests, we replicate the data within the cluster in a fault-tolerant way and quickly respond to the user, making the system available for write requests.

To keep the manager node available, we keep a backup of its state. In the case of a manager-node failure, we start a new instance of the manager node, initializing it from the saved state.


The replication and monitoring services ensure the durability of the data. The data, once uploaded, is synchronously replicated within a storage cluster. If data loss occurs at one node, we can recover the data from the other nodes. The monitoring service monitors the storage disks. If any disk fails, the monitoring service alerts the administrators to change the disk and sends messages to the manager node to copy the content on that disk on to the other available disk or the newly added disk. The manager node then updates the mapping accordingly.

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