New Cloud Computing service from GRNET available to GÉANT community
Cambridge, UK and Athens, Greece | 7 November 2013
~okeanos global and eduGAIN to support Europe-wide users
The GÉANT community can now experience the power and flexibility of GRNET’s successful ~okeanos IaaS cloud computing service. The innovative ~okeanos cloud computing platform has provided over 170,000 virtual machine (VM) images in its first year with over 5,000 VMs running simultaneously supporting a huge range of research projects across the Greek research and education community. Through GEANT Cloud Services, okeanos can now be offered to NRENs across Europe, for the benefit of their research communities, facilitated by the federated eduGAIN authentication service.
The ability to create and use computing power through Virtual Machines (VMs) has been a massive benefit to both NRENs and the wider research community. These virtual servers can be used for a huge range of applications from building web applications to studying how systems can be deployed across multiple machines physically distributed across the network.
Until now, the setting up of these virtual machines has been a relatively complex and time consuming process. GRNET has been working to simplify the provisioning and support of distributed virtual machine services and developed the ~okeanos platform to support their users.
The launch of ~okeanos GLOBAL has been enabled through GÉANT’s SA7 Support to Clouds activity. By using the eduGAIN interfederation service, users across the globe can take part in the trials of this service for free. Users of the service will have at their disposal computing and storage resources from the ~okeanos GLOBAL infrastructure with the following benefits;
- Storage: 50 GBytes per user.
- Max VMs per user: 2, Max Disk Space per VM: 80 GBytes, Max RAM: 4 GBytes, Max CPUs: 4, Max Private Networks: 2, VM lifetime: 6 months.
By using the 500Gbps GÉANT backbone and the AAI facilities of eduGAIN, GRNET have been able to leverage their ~okeanos platform to support Europe-wide users.
This means that researchers will be able to experience first-hand the integration capabilities enabled by the federated eduGAIN mechanism and be able to experience the power and simplicity of cloud service infrastructure.
In addition, the ~okeanos platform and eduGAIN can act as a blueprint for other NRENs who wish to offer similar cloud computing services to their users. Other NRENs would be able to use this platform to provide VM computing facilities to their own user base.
GÉANT’s support to Clouds activity has been created to enable NRENs to share their expertise and bring innovative cloud services to the R&E community.
For more information on ~okeanos GLOBAL and to set up trial machines, go to the website at https://okeanos-global.grnet.gr . NRENs wishing to find out how they could take advantage of the ~okeanos platform for their own users can contact Panos Louridas firstname.lastname@example.org.