IBM is leading VISION Cloud—Virtualized Storage Services for the Future Internet, a joint research effort with 15 European partners to develop an object-based standardized smart cloud storage architecture. The project's goal is to improve the delivery of rich data and storage services to a variety of international vendors. The initiative will address the major issues facing storage clouds, including cost effectiveness, data mobility across cloud providers, security guarantees, and the computing demands that affect quality of service.
"With VISION Cloud, our aim is [to] develop the infrastructure to support this prominence of data and data-intensive services," says IBM's Hillel Kolodner. IBM says VISION Cloud will enable future providers of storage services to offer a "digital safe" service, where users could store information securely in the cloud.
IBM's research partners include several technology, software, and service providers, as well as the Storage Networking Industry Association of Europe, the National Technical University of Athens, Umea University, the Swedish Institute of Computer Science, and the University of Messina.
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