IBM and 14 partners in smart cloud initiative

On Friday IBM announced that it is leading a joint research initiative with 14 European partners to develop a new type of storage architecture for the cloud.The initiative — VISION Cloud (Virtualised Storage Services for the Future Initiative) — is to develop a new metadata-based approach to data storage.

On Friday IBM announced that it is leading a joint research initiative with 14 European partners to develop a new type of storage architecture for the cloud.

The initiative — VISION Cloud (Virtualised Storage Services for the Future Initiative) — is to develop a new metadata-based approach to data storage. It will seek to combine data interoperability, cloud-based storage and compute services to help sculpt the data and "content-centric" access to the data, so its display varies according to who accesses it, IBM wrote in a statement.

"Users now require capabilities that are far richer than simple raw bits and basic storage," Dr. Hillel Kolodner, IBM's lead architecture for the VISION Cloud project. "To satisfy this need, the focus must shift to the data — where the collections of bits are semantically meaningful and have associated metadata.

The €15.7m research project will be lead by IBM Research in Israel along with 14 other partners, including SAP AG, France Telecom and Siemens AG.

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