Interconnected private clouds for research and education

OpenCloudMesh (OCM) is a joint international initiative under the umbrella of the GÉANT Association that is built on the open Federated Cloud Sharing application programming interface (API) - first initiated and implemented by ownCloud - taking Universal File Access beyond the borders of individual clouds and into a globally interconnected mesh of research clouds without sacrificing any of the advantages in privacy, control and security an on-premises cloud provides. OCM defines a vendor-neutral, common file access layer across an organization and/or across globally interconnected research communities, regardless of the user data locations and choice of clouds.

The collaborative project was established under the umbrella of the GÉANT Community Committee (GCC) called the OpenCloudMesh Project on 22 October 2015. The kick-off meeting was held in Vienna, Austria.  Currently, the GÉANT Special Interest Group on Cloudy Interoperable Software Stacks (SIG-CISS) oversees the development of the OCM project and help defining its longer term strategies.

The project is co-managed by Jakub Moscicki (CERN) and Christian Schmitz (ownCloud). 

This combination of project management ensures that all the major stakeholders – GÉANT National Research and Education Networks, CERN research community and ownCloud as a commercial vendor with its open source developers community – are equally represented in the project and the technical, management and business aspects are well-covered.

The collaborative project is fully open to any participation and in-kind contributions. Interested parties can subscribe to the mailing list at:​

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More about the OCM project and the latest information about its development phases can be found here.