Technische Universität Chemnitz
In the authors' globalized world, small- and medium-sized enterprises in the manufacturing domain face a highly competitive environment. They are subject to various challenges, such as very short product life cycles and a strong price competition with companies from low-cost countries. To remain competitive in such an environment, new forms of collaborations, like Virtual Manufacturing Enterprises, are required. An essential part of virtual organizations is data provisioning. Thereby, data from various sources like factories' ERP systems or data provided by sensors need to be processed and stored. In this context, data storage is a crucial architectural element that influences both functional aspects and competitive aspects, especially costs, of Virtual Manufacturing Enterprises.