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EGI currently operates within a publicly funded research and academic environment providing services free at the point of delivery with resources bought from grants dedicated to certain groups or disciplines either by direct allocation or by peer review. With the advent of cloud computing, business models and user expectations are shifting towards on-demand and pay-per-use service provision increasing flexibility and agility. This new paradigm provides motivation for EGI to provide new service definitions by enabling the possibility to provide ICT services that can be paid for the use, along with the more traditional procurement of resources to be managed and offered for free to the owners.
This approach also allows researchers and resource providers to better understand costs to access individual services and would enable the creation of innovative business models and pricing schemes (e.g. pay-per-use).

Business Models

EGI provides a number of business models depending on the customer and use case, these can be summarized as:

  • B2B: SaaS and/or PaaS providers integrated with EGI providing IaaS
  • B2C: Direct consumption of services and support

The EGI Foundation can facilitate 2 separate roles

  • Matchmaker: Identifying a single provider who can best support the given use case
  • Broker: Represent multiple EGI service providers offering a single point of contact. This model is attractive for use cases that require distributed environments across multiple sites, for resource requests that are unable to be fulfilled by a single provider, and the potential for negotiation of pricing packages.

Providers, Services and Prices

The following table provides an overview of the current service providers within EGI who can support pay-for-use models, services and resources offered and pricing. All providers listed as provided a signed letter of intent stating it abilty to deliver services are a payment basis to ensure both legal and policy aspects have been ensured.

Provider Country Service Type Services and Resources Access Policy Grid Compute Price
Cloud Compute Price
Grid Storage Price
Cloud Storage Price
CESGA Spain Batch + Cloud
  • 720 cores (Batch) AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 6174 2.2Ghz
  • 240 cores (Cloud) Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5520 2.27GHz
  • MPI jobs
  • RAM from 1GB to 32GB per core
  • Any customer type and location
  • R&D only

€0.02/core/HEPSPEC06 hour

€0.04/core+2GB RAM/hour (+VAT) Example:
  • small: 1 core & 2GB €0.04/hour
  • medium: 2 cores & 4GB €0.08/hour
  • large: 4 cores & 8GB €0.16/hour
€0.055/GB/month (+VAT) €0.055/GB/month (+VAT) 21%
IFCA Spain Batch (SLURM, SGE) + Cloud
  • Batch via CREAM CE
  • Cloud via OpenStack
  • Up to 2500 cores in servers with 4, 8, 16, 40 physical cores
  • Infiniband access to other nodes and storage possible for MPI jobs
  • RAM from 4GB to 256GB per core (max 1TB)
  • Any customer type and location
  • R&D only
  • €0.05/core/hour for usual instances, <0.01/core/HS06 hour (+ VAT)
  • €0.04/core/hour for multicore use (>128 cores)
€0.03 Minimal storage free, requests up to 100 TB high performance storage possible €0.05 21%
Institute of Informatics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (II SAS) Slovakia Cloud (Openstack)
  • 120 cores (Cloud) Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5570 2.93GHz
  • 1, 2, 4, 8 cores VMs
  • RAM up to 4GB per core
  • Joint development projects where resource costs are translated into human effort in time
N/A €0.06/core/h +VAT N/A TBD 20%
100 Percent IT England Cloud (Openstack)
  • Intel Xeon X5670 @ 2.93GHz
  • Cloud via OpenStack
  • Any customer type and location
  • Commercial applications accepted
N/A €0.07 + VAT N/A TBD 20%
TUBITAK ULAKBIM Turkey Cloud + Batch
  • Batch processing via Cream CE
  • VM Management using OpenNebula/OCCI
  • Infiniband connected Linux computing resources
  • Grid: 288 cores (AMD Opteron 6174, 48 core, 128 GB memory)
  • Cloud: 336 cores (AMD Opteron 6174, 48 core, 128 GB memory)
€0.04/core/hour + VAT €0.05/core/hour + VAT TBD TBD 18%
Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) Poland HPC + Cloud
  • Any customer type and location
  • R&D only
CSC - IT Center for Science, Ltd. Finland Cloud (Openstack)
  • Intel Xeon E5-2670 @ 2.6 GHz
  • Any customer type and location
  • R&D only
N/A € 0.04 N/A TBD 24%

How to 

Request services

Join as a provider


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