Policy Expressivity in the Anzere Personal Cloud
The authors present a technique for partially replicating data items at scale according to expressive policy specifications. Recent projects have addressed the challenge of policy-based replication of personal data (photos, music, etc.) within a network of devices, as an alternative to centralized online services. To date, the policies supported by such systems have been relatively simple, in order to facilitate scaling the policy calculation to large numbers of items. In this paper, they show how such replication systems can scale while supporting much more expressive policies than previous schemes: item replication expressed as constraints, devices referred to by predicates rather than explicitly named, and replication to storage nodes acquired on-demand from the cloud.