ownCloud, Inc. announced the OpenCloudMesh project today. This exciting initiative brings together universities and research institutions in the Americas, Europe and Asia/Pacific via a series of interconnected, secure private clouds.
What is OpenCloudMesh
From the announcement:
OpenCloudMesh, a joint international initiative under the umbrella of the GÉANT Association, is built on ownCloud’s open Server-to-Server Sharing application programming interface (API) 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. OpenCloudMesh provides a common file access layer across an organization and across globally interconnected organizations, whether the data resides on internal servers, on object storage, in applications like SharePoint or Jive, other ownClouds, or even external cloud systems such as Dropbox and Google (syncing them to desktops or mobile apps, making them available offline).
The upcoming release of ownCloud Server 8.0 next week will lift Server-to-Server Sharing to a new level with the introduction of a Federated Cloud sharing API.
Find more information on the ownCloud.com OpenCloudMesh landing page.