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Spring 2013 RFP

Spring 2013 RFP

Spring 2013

VMware Sponsored Academic Research Awards

Request for Proposal (RFP)

Theme: Storage in support of Software Defined Datacenters (SDDC)

VMware® invites university-affiliated researchers worldwide to submit proposals for funding in the general area of Storage in support of an SDDC. Our research interests in the field of Storage for SDDC are broad, including but not limited to the following topics:

• End-to-end application policy-based management and automation

• Storage QoS enforcement

• Integrated resource management for storage, networking, and computation

• Storage services, e.g. compression, de-duplication

• Securing Storage in Multi-Tenant environments

• Programming models for Non-Volatile Memory

• Alternatives to Block IO interfaces

• Shared Nothing Storage Architectures

• Storage for hybrid clouds (public/private)

• Emerging storage workloads and applications

• Energy-efficient storage design

• Large-scale testing of distributed storage

• Scale-out file systems

• NoSQL storage architectures

• Cloud storage for mobile use cases

Initial submissions should be extended abstracts, up to two pages long, describing the research project for which funding is requested and must include articulation of its relevance to VMware. After a first review phase we will create a shortlist of proposals that have been selected for further consideration, and invite authors to submit detailed proposals, including details of milestones, budget, personnel, etc. Initial funding of up to $150,000 will be for a period of one year, with options to review and recommit to funding subsequently.

2013 Key Dates

• March 13 — Two page extended abstracts due

• April 5 — Notification of interest from VMware

• May 1 — Full proposals due

• May 27 — Announcement of final acceptance of proposals

Please feel free to be in touch with any questions you may have.

Technical Contact:  Curt Kolovson, Research Scientist (ckolovson@vmware.com)

Administrative Contact:  Rita Tavilla, Sr. Academic Program Manager (rtavilla@vmware.com)

All submissions should be sent to vmap-rfp@vmware.com.

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