The principles of the Federation are the following among others:
David Wallom stated that the EGI Federated Cloud is a federation of institutional private Clouds.
Among the Cloud capabilities of the Federation are the management of VM instances through rOCCI. There is data access and a transfer interface provided in the roadmap using SNIA CDMI. There is a minimal useful operation set available. The Cloud service information is production ready.
The Federated AAI is also production ready by means of x509 and VCMS - PERUN, according to David Wallom. It has been inherited from the EGI AAI framework and is scalable with many users with uniform authentication.
The VM Image Management is production ready as well and uses AppDB - Virtual Appliance Catalogue and
Brokering happens through Slipstream, VMDIRAC, COMPs, and the Catania Science Gateway Framework.
David Wallom described the contextualisation - also production ready - that uses Cloudinit. There are extensions to OCCI. He explained the process of installing, configuring and preparing the software upon boot time. All uploaded Fedcloud images should support Cloudinit.
SLA and business models are under development, as is the sustainability. The Federated Cloud is addressing the issues of pricing and charging models as well as operational standards and expectations.
Security is a very important capability too, both from the side of the technology providers and the resource providers, as David Wallom pointed out.
He talked to the audience about the EGI marketplace as a rich and diverse set of individual offerings, providing an application and VM image repository. The user community should have a choice of provider at all levels and the Federated Cloud has to be open to academic and commercial resource and service providers.
Focusing on the geographical dispersion, David Wallom told the audience that 12 countries already provide certified resources. Two countries are currently integrating which are Finland and Croatia. Five countries are interested, including Bulgaria, France, Israel, The Netherlands, and Switzerland.
The resources will be available for request through e-Grant. There will be preliminary units of allocation, David Wallom stated.
Communities already using the Federated Cloud are the BioVel Portal; BioSTIF; the CHAIN-REDS science gateway, running WRF on the CHAIN-REDS gateway. The WRF model is a next-generation meso-scale numerical weather prediction system. It is running GNU Octave and R on the CHAIN-REDS science gateway.
Peachnote is a music score search engine and analysis platform, also using the Federated Cloud. Hundreds of thousands of music scores are being digitized by libraries all over the world. In contrast to books, they generally remain inaccessible up till now.
The technology evolution has a broader support in store for open standards in Cloud management frameworks. The utilisation of rOCCI for interfaces to commercial Cloud frameworks is rapidly evolving.
New feature additions to foundational tools are depending on requests, David Wallom stated.
EGI's Cloud vision for 2020 aims at supporting the digital European Research Area through a pan-European research infrastructure based on an open federation of reliable services that provide uniform access to computing.
Today, EGI launches the Federated Cloud into production, David Wallom announced. It will be paving the way for a global federated Cloud marketplace with an established best practice, illustrated European leadership, open standards, open technology, open membership, open processes, and open competition.
David Wallom concluded by telling the audience that the launch capability was 5000 cores and 225TB of storage. In April 2014, it has been planned to bring the capability to 18.000 cores.