22 May 2014 Helsinki - At the European Grid Initiative (EGI) Community Forum (CF) in Helsinki, Finland,Primeur Magazinehad the opportunity to talk with David Wallom from the University of Oxford. David Wallom is the Chair of the Federated Clouds Task Force within EGI. He announced the launch of the Federated Cloud as a production service.
At the EGI CF, David Wallom's team launched the Federated Cloud as a production service for researchers from all sectors from the European Economic Area. There was a need to provide a mechanism for Cloud resources that are community-specific, that support researchers and have specificity to insure that they are able to use the services, that they have the requirements, that they have the features the scientists request and that they are targeted towards these particular users.
The Federated Cloud has fifteen sites at the moment that are fully certified and in production. These are both from the public and private sector. EGI has already resource providers who previously wouldn't or couldn't have engaged with EGI.
The user communities that are already being supported in the pilot phase are also both from the public and private sectors, from as diverse as musicology, the European Space Agency, the Biodiversity community, and so on. They have already seen the value that Federated Cloud can bring and give to their own research.
Since the launch on May 21, several communities have already come to the Federated Cloud. They registered themselves at the end of the keynote talk on May 20, got access to the resources and instantiated their own virtual machines on multiple resources from across the Federated Cloud. They are already up and running by now.