Through this MoU, the EGI Foundation will support SSTIR in the design and construction of the Yangtze River Delta United Cloud Platform. The support envisaged includes consultancy on building a Cloud federation and management platform, as well as provisioning of tools and services for the users (SaaS). The mutual interest in building and operating Cloud federations for science and research brought together the two parties. The request for help reached EGI via the EOSC Portal, demonstrating the visibility and power of the EOSC Portal connecting communities even across continents.
Gergely Sipos, Customer and Technical Outreach Manager at the EGI Foundation, stated: "This collaboration is a great opportunity to further demonstrate EGIs expertise in connecting Cloud resources from multiple institutes, and to enable access to distributed communities for big data analysis. We believe that the technologies and components that enable the EGI Cloud Compute service and higher level services on top - such as EGI Notebooks - will prove their usefulness among the communities in the Shanghai region. The MoU also enables EGI to strengthen its ties and visibility in China and in Asia in general."
Zhu Yue, head of SSTIR, is confident that data resources and cloud computing are key to the future of the city as a centre of science and innovation. "EGI will help us to strengthen our capability of serving the research institutions and innovative companies in their own transformations", Zhu Yue stated.