The storage task force (TF-Storage) is to provide a forum for exchanging and promoting ideas, experience and knowledge, as well as fostering collaborations among National Research and Education Networks and academic and research institutions on the topic of:
a) data centre technologies, storage protocols and platforms (e.g., FCoE, iRODS, dCache, etc.)
b) data management and service delivery models (e.g., SAN/NAS, cloud storage, peer-to-peer storage, etc.), and
c) storage applications and services (e.g., FileSender,,, etc.) that make raw data storage more attractive to end-users.

TF-Storage continues the discussion on opportunities and areas for collaboration on data storage services which began with two meetings back in 2007, with the first two-year mandate between 2008-2010, and with the second two-year mandate between 2010-2012.

Secretarial support for this task force is provided by TERENA with funding from the GN3 project.

Task Force Spin-off

FileSender project website

TERENA Trusted Cloud Drive pilot website

TERENA - ownCloud argeement
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The aims of TF-Storage are:

a. to provide a forum for gathering expertise, exchanging and promoting ideas, experience and knowledge related to next-generation/augmented data storage technology, delivery models and services;
b. to identify, and promote the use of common techniques, technology, procedures and best practices in the field of data storage and data management that are relevant to the research and education community;
c. to coordinate and - where possible - collaborate on the development of storage services and applications that make raw data storage more attractive to end-users;
d. to address the security issues in storage systems (especially in cloud storage) by liaising with TF-EMC2 on access federations and with TF-CSIRT on in-depth data security;
e. to accommodate the technical discussions on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) related initiatives taken up by NRENs interested in computing, storage and network resource virtualisation and management;
f. to liaise with TF-Media on multimedia content repositories (i.e. archiving) and distribution, including meta-data stores and CDN (Content Distribution Networks);
g. to liaise with SNIA and other industrial stakeholders and communities such as GEANT, Internet2, APAN, EGI as well as individual developers and researchers.

Task Force Co-Chairs: Maciej Brzezniak, PSNC and Peter Stefan, NIIF
Task Force Secretary: Peter Szegedi, TERENA

Running period: April 2012 - April 2014

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