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VISION CloudWhat is VISION Cloud?
Led by the IBM Haifa Labs, the VISION Cloud project aims to introduce an innovative, virtualized infrastructure for the cost-effective delivery of data-intensive and media-rich services, providing comprehensive data interoperability and mobility, quality of service, and security guarantees.

Sponsored by the European Union's Framework Programme 7 initiative and with a total of 14 European industrial and academic partners, VISION Cloud started in October 2010, and will run for 3 years.

VISION Cloud innovations
To create a reference implementation for a next-generation storage cloud, VISION Cloud research is tackling the following main areas of innovation:

  1. Raising the abstraction level of storage through enriching data with both user and system defined attributes (metadata).
  2. Providing data mobility and federation across storage boundaries to ensure comprehensive and transparent data interoperability and overcome the problem of data lock-in.
  3. Bringing computation to storage by enabling secure execution of computational tasks near their data, reducing bandwidth requirements, and latency.
  4. Facilitating a natural access to data searching on data content and relationships rather than on details of the low level storage implementation.
  5. Advancing capabilities for cloud-based storage toward creating a platform on which data-intensive services can be provided securely, at the desired level of service, and at competitive costs.

IBM is building the Object Service for VISION Cloud
IBM is providing the object service infrastructure for VISION Cloud. It builds upon IBM's GPFS®-SNC (General purpose file system-shared nothing cluster) as the underlying clustered file system, and the Cassandra project, as the underlying implementation for its distributed catalogues. Its internal architecture is depicted below. IBM is providing the CDMI implementation, metadata support, data placement, data federation, replication, and resiliency functionalities.

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More information can be found at:

Dr. Hillel Kolodner, Principal Investigator
Eliot Salant, Project Coordinator
IBM Research – Haifa
Email: {salant, kolodner}