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== The EGI Federated Cloud  ==
The European Grid Infrastructure’s (EGI) resource centers have been providing services for collaborative, compute- and data-intensive applications for over a decade. These services use grid middleware software developed and delivered to EGI by external technology providers. Besides these established [http://www.egi.eu/infrastructure/technology/ services], several National Grid Infrastructures (NGIs) are now offering privately run ''cloud services'' to their country’s researchers. Many of these researchers want to share this capability within their international research collaborations, a model similar to the way the grid emerged over a decade ago through the federation of institutional batch computing clusters.
The EGI Federated Cloud is the outcome of this effort to setup of a pan-European federated cloud based on the resources of the NGIs and other European organizations.
== What the EGI Federated Cloud can do for you ==
If you are a scientists, 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. For more information, you can browse to the [[Fedcloud-tf:Users|FedCloud Users]] page.
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. For more information, you can browse to the [[Fedcloud-tf:ResourceProviders|FedCloud Resource Providers]] page.
== Technology ==
The EGI Federation model aggregates Cloud resources by defining a set of standard open-source interfaces and protocols to access the different cloud functions - such as resource discovery, user authentication, compute and data access services - in a uniform way at all the sites, enabling workloads to span and seamlessly migrate across resource centers.
Also, the EGI Federation serves its sites with shared systems of monitoring, accounting, marketplace, image repository, etc... making easier the life of users and service providers.
A detailed view of the federation model, standards and interfaces is in the [[Fedcloud-tf:Technology|FedCloud Technology]] page.
== Members ==
The EGI Federated Cloud has three types of members:
# '''[[FedCloud-tf:Users|User communities]]'''. Individuals and institutions that use already or plan to use cloud technologies for their activities. If you want to register yourself or your user community to the EGI FedCloud services, you can follow the instructions in [[FedCloud-tf:Users#How to get access to the FedCloud?|this page]]
# '''[[FedCloud-tf:ResourceProviders|Resource providers]]'''. Institutions and companies that contribute to the FedCloud providing access to their cloud infrastructure via the Federation. If you are interested in joining the FedCloud as a resource provider, you can follow the instructions in [[Fedcloud-tf:ResourceProviders#Join as a Resource Provider|this page]]
# '''[[FedCloud-tf:Technology|Technology providers]]'''. Institutions and companies that develop cloud technologies and contribute technical know how and development effort for the Federation. If you are interested in helping the FedCloud technology design and development, you can follow the instructions in [[Fedcloud-tf:Technology#Join the EGI FedCloud Task Force|this page]]
== Related Projects ==
The EGI Federated Cloud is the outcome of a set of separated projects, who contributed to the design, development and implementation of the different parts of the system. A list of the projects is reported below
* [[Fedcloud-tf:FederatedCloudsTaskForce|EGI Federated Cloud Task Force]]
* [[VT OCCI for CMF|Providing OCCI support for arbitrary Cloud Management Frameworks]]
* [[VT CDMI in CMF|CDMI Support in Cloud Management Frameworks]]
* [[VT OCCI CompCloud|Dynamic Deployments for OCCI Compliant Clouds]]
* [[VT AppDeployment|Automatic Deployment and Execution of Applications using Cloud Services]]
* [[VT CloudCaps|Transforming Scientific Research Platforms to Exploit Cloud Capacity]]
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! Project
! Description
! Further information
! Contacts
! EGI Federated Cloud Task Force
| The EGI Federated Cloud Task Force mandate is to define a set of open standards and interfaces to federate EGI NGIs cloud resources. The Task Force objectives are: write a blueprint document for EGI Resource Providers that wish to securely federate and share their virtualised environments as part of the EGI production infrastructure; deploy a test bed to evaluate the integration of virtualised resources within the existing EGI production infrastructure for monitoring, accounting and information services; investigate and catalogue the requirements for community facing services based on or deployed through virtualised resources;  provide feedback to relevant technology providers on their implementations and any changes needed for deployment into the production infrastructure; identify and work with user communities willing to be early adopters of the test bed infrastructure to help prioritise its future development; identify issues that need to be addressed by other areas of EGI (e.g. policy, operations, support & dissemination).
| [[Fedcloud-tf:FederatedCloudsTaskForce|FederatedCloudsTaskForce]]
| [mailto:fedcloud-tf@mailman.egi.eu FedCloud TS Mailing List]
! Providing OCCI support for arbitrary Cloud Management Frameworks
| This EGI-InSPIRE mini-project aims at providing an ability to control the life-cycle of virtual machines at multiple sites of EGI's federated cloud environment using standardized tools. As different cloud management platforms are already actively used at different sites, enforcing a particular platform across all sites at this point is neither practical nor desirable. Therefore there is a need for an interoperability layer to bridge this gap. The OCCI protocol, an OGF standard, has been chosen to provide a uniform interface for the management of virtual machines.
| [[VT OCCI for CMF]]
| [mailto:256254@mail.muni.cz Boris Parak]
! CDMI Support in Cloud Management Frameworks
| Outcome of the project will be a prototype, which will integrate the EGI Federated AAI model for authentication and authorization and will offer object and block storage proxy to OCCI-compliant services. These services include cloud stacks used in EGI FedCloud TF if they are accessed either via native or translated (e.g. by rOCCI) OCCI interface. A browser friendly interface will be developed on the basis of the CDMI HTTP based RESTful protocol to enable end users to access and manage their files in a user friendly way.
| [[VT CDMI in CMF]]
| [mailto:livenson@kth.se Ilja Livenson]
! Dynamic Deployments for OCCI Compliant Clouds
| Aim of this project is to provide a way to easily deploy complex services on multiple cloud resources.
| [[VT OCCI CompCloud]]
| [mailto:meb@sixsq.com Marc-Elian Bégin]
! Automatic Deployment and Execution of Applications using Cloud Services
| Aim of this project is to develop a contextualization service that aids scientific communities to execute their computing workload by automating the deployment of scientific software on virtual machines using the interfaces and standards within EGI’s Federated Cloud.
| [[VT AppDeployment]]
| [mailto:enolfc@ifca.unican.es Enol Fernández]
! Transforming Scientific Research Platforms to Exploit Cloud Capacity
| The project has two essential goals: Transform select use cases to exploit cloud capacity and Document the lessons learned and best practices during the first activity
| [[VT CloudCaps]]
| Björn Hagemeier
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== Collaborations ==
The EGI Federated Cloud established collaboration with a set of related European projects:
* [http://www.egi.eu/about/egi-inspire/ EGI InSPIRE]
* [http://helix-nebula.eu/ HelixNebula]
* [http://www.cloudplugfest.org/ Cloud Plugfests]
== Status ==
The FedCloud system is currently in a '''test bed''' state, but several of its sites are already available for international research collaborations to use. The current testbed sites lists and status is reported [[Fedcloud-tf:Testbed|here]]
== Roadmap ==
Detailed Roadmap of the EGI Federated Cloud service is reported [[Fedcloud-tf:Roadmap|here]].

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