I'm attempting to understand ZooKeeper, how it operates and what it really does. And i'm totally confused. Can there be any application which resembles ZooKeeper?

Knowing, then how does one describe ZooKeeper to some layman. (Thinking about I'm one)

I've attempted apache wiki, zookeeper sourceforge...however i am still unable to connect with it. Any help could be appreciated!

Someone said through http://zookeeper.sourceforge.internet/index.sf.shtml, so aren't there more services such as this? Could it be as easy as just replicating a server service?

Thanks!!
- Ivar

You might be thinking about the lately released scientific paper on ZooKeeper:

http://research.yahoo.com/node/3280

The paper also describes three use cases and comparable projects.