Feeds

Big three uberising content silos

One ring to bind them: unifying silos

Security for virtualized datacentres

Content silo drawbridges will be lowered if EMC, IBM, and Microsoft have their way.

Vast piles of documents, project plans, spreadsheets, presentations, images, videos and much besides are set aside as enterprise content and stored in enterprise content management (ECM) repositories. There are Documentum repositories, SharePoint ones, Oracle and IBM ones and many others, all with different formats, access methods and structures.

Unlike the Internet with browser access to different websites there's no single access method for apps that want to access or manage such content silos. Uber silos (combined silos) are all the rage now and three ECM bigwigs - EMC, IBM and Microsoft - have got together to uberise their silos with a CMIS specification, a Content Management Interoperability Services description, that also gives a nod to cloud computing and web 2.0.

ECM applications generally combine access and management and repository functions in one big ticket software item. By separating access and management from repository functions and adding remote access they want to enable one vendor's access and management apps to have a look into other vendors' content stores.

The three have got together with Oracle and SAP, Alfresco and OpenText, created and tested an interoperability standard, and submitted it to OASIS, an information standards body.

In effect it's a remote access API which will hopefully let ECM access applications look into a single uber-ECM silo. There's much talk of 'putting customers first' and unlocking 'the full value of data', all true.

Let's hope that this becomes an open ECM silo access standard with other content management and archive suppliers, such as NearPoint, joining in. Having bought separate supplier's silos big businesses will be encouraging the ECM vendors to come up with this standard. Then they can cut out all the different ECM silo integration logic software they have to write and maintain - costly towers of code monuments to proprietary access. They want one CMIS ring to bind all these silos together and topple the towers. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Docker's app containers are coming to Windows Server, says Microsoft
MS chases app deployment speeds already enjoyed by Linux devs
IBM storage revenues sink: 'We are disappointed,' says CEO
Time to put the storage biz up for sale?
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First
But - dammit - It would be insane to say 'don't collect, because NSA'
Symantec backs out of Backup Exec: Plans to can appliance in Jan
Will still provide support to existing customers
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.