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== Overview  ==
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The EGI Federated Cloud is part of '''EGI infrastructure'''. It's a seamless network of academic private clouds and virtualised resources, built around ''open standards'' and focusing on the ''requirements of the scientific community''. The Federated Cloud is targeted at researchers and research communities that need to ''access digital resources on a flexible environment''.
The EGI Federated Cloud currently federates OpenStack, OpenNebula and Synnefo technology based clouds, and allocates them for scientific research and education. When using EGI Federated Cloud resources, researchers and research communities can count on:  
*Total control over deployed applications
*Elastic resource consumption based on real need
*Immediately processed workloads – no more waiting time
*An extended e-Infrastructure across resource providers in Europe
*Service performance scaled with elastic resource consumption
If you are '''a scientist, a member of a research project or a user service provider''', the EGI Federated Cloud can provide you with a flexible environment to run your application and services.
EGI Federated Cloud intends to solve specific compatibility problems that researchers have migrating between Resource Centres in search of larger capacity. Researchers are usually confronted with the decision of abandoning the migration or investing in the re-development of their application or interface for the new environment.
If you are '''an organization, an institution or a company''' which provides (or is willing to provide) cloud resources, the EGI Federated Cloud can link you to a wide research and public European network, supporting you in the provision of cloud-based services to your and other pan-European user communities. Resource Centres benefit from EGI Federated Cloud, as they can offer their computing resources to a broader base of research-users. Ultimately, a more effective usage of the available resources benefits not only research community but also European society as a whole.
== EGI Federated Cloud task force ==
The EGI Federated Cloud task force gathers together scientific communities, R&D projects, and technology and resource providers so they can design the tools and services that support the federation of cloud providers, can share best practices, and can offer user support and training in a collaborative fashion. This enables community cloud solutions to develop faster, with a lower cost and with a more sustainable future. The task force members:
* Capture requirements from user communities needing federated cloud services .
* Identify, integrate and enhance open source tools and services that enable cloud federations for research and education.
* Develop and maintain tools and services to fill gaps in third party solutions to reach production quality cloud federations.
* Provide consultancy and training for communities on how to build a federated cloud to meet custom community demands under certain constraints.
* Provide training and support for existing and potential users of cloud federations about topics, such as how to port or develop cloud-based applications; how to operate services in the cloud, how to join a cloud federation with a service.
* Facilitate the reuse of cloud federation tools and services across participating cloud federations to lower total cost of development and to improve cloud sustainability.
* Promote Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) environments that are proven to be robust and reusable across communities to interact with federated IaaS clouds.
* Provide service management and security oversight for participating clouds and cloud federations.
* Act as a discussion forum where cloud federations can be discussed and specific questions can be analysed with top-world experts.
* Organise dissemination and marketing events, workshops and conferences relating to the topics of the collaboration.
=== Operations  ===
The Task Force operates on its [mailto:fedcloud-tf@mailman.egi.eu mailing list] and on a [https://indico.egi.eu/indico/categoryDisplay.py?categId=159 conference call].
The Task Force meet Tuesday at 11:00 CET every two weeks in a [https://indico.egi.eu/indico/categoryDisplay.py?categId=159 conference call]. Minutes of the meetings are publicly available in the INDICO pages.
* [mailto:fedcloud-tf@mailman.egi.eu Mailing list] (incl. [https://mailman.egi.eu/mailman/private/fedcloud-tf/ Mailing list archive])
* [https://indico.egi.eu/indico/categoryDisplay.py?categId=159 Meeting planner]
=== Join the EGI FedCloud Task Force  ===
If you are interested in joining the EGI FedCloud Task Force, please send a mail to [mailto:fedcloud-tf@mailman.egi.eu fedcloud Mailing list] introducing yourself.
== Getting started  ==
For the meaning of the terms in the following guides, please refer to the [https://wiki.egi.eu/wiki/Glossary EGI Glossary].
| [[EGI Federated Cloud|Overview]]
| This introduction page.
| [[Federated Cloud user support|For users]]
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| Individuals and institutions using or planning to use cloud technologies for their activities
| [[Image:Alert.png]] This page is '''obsoleted''' by [https://egi-federated-cloud.readthedocs.io/en/latest/federation.html the updated version here].
| [[Federated Cloud resource providers support|For resource providers]]
| Institutions and companies contributing or willing to contribute to the FedCloud providing access to their cloud infrastructure via the Federation
| [[Federated Cloud infrastructure status|Infrastructure Status]]
| Updated status of the cloud infrastructure via the Federation
| [[Federated Cloud innovation roadmap|Innovation roadmap]]
| Developments ongoing and planned for the EGI Federated Cloud

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