EU to fund $21m research project on cloud storage


The European Union aren’t shy when it comes to technology issues, they are the one who asked Microsoft for the web browser ballot screen.

More recently, they have been diving into technology again and on Friday it was reported that they will be funding a new project, named “Vision Cloud”.  This project will explore the possibilities around cloud computing including data mobility and secure access control. The 21.4 million dollar project is being handled by a IBM research team based in Haifa, Israel although Siemens, SAP and an Athens and Swedish university will be also helping.

The idea behind the project is simple, to tackle “some of the main issues with cloud storage” as said by lead architect, Hillel Kolodner.

Additionally, there will be many more concepts explored including computational storage which runs a program called a storelet. There will also be a focus on flexible access control while at the same time keeping it secure with the final focus being data mobility and federation.

Currently if a company wants to move their data, they need to download it from their servers and upload it to a new one which would ultimately be in a different location. The project plans to defeat this by creating a system which would allow the company to start storing data on their new provider while at the same time the data on the other server is being integrated with the new storage location.

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Give me that money. The issue with cloud storage is the speed in which you can access the data. My report is done. I'll only charge them half as much.

asdavis10 said,
Give me that money. The issue with cloud storage is the speed in which you can access the data. My report is done. I'll only charge them half as much.

Speed in Europe ain't really a problem. Not on the mainland anyway.

asdavis10 said,
Give me that money. The issue with cloud storage is the speed in which you can access the data. My report is done. I'll only charge them half as much.
I don't know if that is true... It all depends on what storage you are using. Is it file or database?

If it is database, if the server itself is close to the data center, it will always be just as fast seeing as you don't get the database connection. Now if it is a file, that's where speeds can differ.

so in other words.. they are building a huge data center that people can access over the internet... sounds like it's been done before.

Sheogorath said,
This image is so wrong for this, it should be showing measurements in metric system if it is a thread about EU...
Depends. If the image was taken out of an Aviation book it would be correct. Most flight operations around the world are still done using the imperial system I believe..since having both could cause confusion when switching over.

Sheogorath said,
This image is so wrong for this, it should be showing measurements in metric system if it is a thread about EU...

I'll have you know that in the UK, we tend to use Imperial units for a lot of things. Mainly transport related things, however most middle aged+ people still do day-to-day measurements in feet & inches. All of our road signs are still in miles and weighbridges use imperial tonnes afaik. I still couldn't judge 1 kilometre "by ear" if someone paid me! Definitely all aviation things are in imperial units.

Of course, since we are part of the EU, a lot of things have to be metric by law, especially food stuffs. Kids in schools are taught metric units

my professor is part of the team, yeih..
Of course there was reports about millions of EU research funds being "mis-used" by university professors lately haha, but she is probably clean

It would ask help if ISP's in the UK (and probably around mainland Europe) relaxed on the upload speed! My ISP (TalkTalk) limit's my upload speed at 1024kbps

djdanster said,
It would ask help if ISP's in the UK (and probably around mainland Europe) relaxed on the upload speed! My ISP (TalkTalk) limit's my upload speed at 1024kbps
Well lucky bloody you, I'm on a business package and get 80KBPS/768KbPS upload, the bloody cheek!

Google and MS are *******! Hey, better let us waste taxes for IBM, SAP, Nokia, ..., because we this companies have better lobbyists.

It would be nice if some small companies were given a bit of the funding to help out. All the big players do is just charge many times more and patent the "inventions" so no one else can use the idea.

Software patents -1

Would be nice but the throttles on UK broadband will stop any proper cloud based system been taken up. Remove the bureaucracy around broadband and its providers first and then we have a chance. Not sure about the rest of the EU though.

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