The EGI Cloud Compute service is part of the EGI service catalogue as a federation of Infrastructure as Service (IaaS) cloud providers, where each IaaS is operated by different institutes according to agreed principles & regulations. These principles and regulations require providers’ IaaS clouds to connect with central EGI services (e.g. accounting), and expose their cloud to users through commonly agreed interfaces.
This model has proven to be successful to support several user communities, but after years of production we have found some limitations:
Given these findings, we propose three alternative implementations to be considered for inclusion in the EGI Cloud Compute service:
These new implementations will introduce a wider range of options, with advanced functionality that can attract new users. The Application Services and Application Platforms implementations allow users to focus on research instead of managing low level infrastructure components, while power users can still benefit from the IaaS Alliance to get the full capabilities of an IaaS.
Read more about this proposal and bring your comments in the dedicated document (preferably by 30 November).