Jeremy Kirk of IDG News reports on the European Union giving some $2o million to Siemens, IBM, SAP, and a couple of universities to research cloud computing.
The "Virtualized Storage Services Foundation for the Future Internet" project has three years to figure out the following issues:
- Attaching metadata, such as video, to storage objects.
- Computational storage (storelet programs that run inside the cloud to analyze data).
- Content-centric storage (cloud runs scripts upon demand).
- Sharing data securely (ie, limited access) through any device.
- Ability to easily move data to other cloud providers, such as continuing to access data at one storage site while storing new data at a second site.
It sounds like all of this would be of use to CAD users. But three years is a long time from now, and having a group of large corporations doing research funded by a huge governmental organization is the primo recipe for getting results that will be late and less than practical.