The EGI Federated Cloud is a IaaS-type cloud, made of academic private clouds and virtualised resources and built around open standards. Its development is driven by requirements of the scientific community.
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⭐ Good Practice Description
EGI is a federation of computing and storage resource providers united by a mission to support research and development. The federation is governed by the participants represented in the EGI Council and coordinated by the EGI Foundation.
The adoption of EGI cloud services has been ramping up over the last 3 years with a number of users currently over 72,000 researchers globally. EGI increased by 100% the capacity made available and actively used by scientific collaborations. Success has been driven by European open science cloud initiative by promoting cross-disciplinary access to data.
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The key element of success for EGI is to provide added value services on top of cloud infrastructure like IaaS; the SaaS layer is familiar for researchers freeing them of worrying about the infrastructure. Moreover, EGI shows that federating infrastructures helps organizations without a sufficient budget for their own technical needs.