HNSciCloud, a Hybrid Cloud for Science
CERN, IT Department
2 Desy, Notkestrasse 85, 22607 Hamburg, Germany
3 INFN-CNAF, Viale Carlo Berti Pichat 6, 40127 Bologna, Italy
* João Fernandes: email@example.com.
Published online: 17 September 2019
Helix Nebula Science Cloud (HNSciCloud) has developed a hybrid cloud platform that links together commercial cloud service providers and research organizations’ in-house IT resources via the GEANT network. The platform offers data management capabilities with transparent data access where applications can be deployed with no modifications on both sides of the hybrid cloud and with compute services accessible via eduGAIN  and ELIXIR  federated identity and access management systems. In addition, it provides support services, account management facilities, full documentation and training. The cloud services are being tested by a group of 10 research organisations from across Europe , against the needs of use-cases from seven ESFRI infrastructures . The capacity procured by ten research organisations from the commercial cloud service providers to support these use-cases during 2018 exceeds twenty thousand cores and two petabytes of storage with a network bandwidth of 40Gbps. All the services are based on open source implementations that do not require licenses in order to be deployed on the in-house IT resources of research organisations connected to the hybrid platform. An early adopter scheme has been put in place so that more research organisations can connect to the platform and procure additional capacity to support their research programmes.
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2019