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Seek Optimized Zip (SOZip) files are cloud native archives

I recently came across this new specification called Seek Optimized Zip (SOZip). It builds upon the ZIP format and is compatible with existing ZIP tools. The key feature of SOZip is that it’s a seekable archive format which means that you can decompress and read a file from the archive without having to download the entire archive.

SOZip offers some excellent advantages for storing large datasets in the cloud: