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1st Helix Nebula Workshop - Interoperability among e-Infrastructures and Commercial Clouds

The first Helix Nebula Workshop Interoperability among e-Infrastructures and Commercial Clouds will be held on the 19 September 2012 - Prague, Czech Republic in conjunction with the EGI Technical Forum 2012.
The first of three workshops, co-located with the EGI Technical Forum 2012, brings together technology and policy representatives from public e-Infrastructures and commercial cloud providers to address the integration and interoperation of their respective infrastructures.

The first session focuses on requirements for technical interoperability with an initial list of current and potential use cases for using integrated clouds infrastructures then moves into descriptions of the technical architecture of the EGI Federated Cloud and Helix Nebula. Resulting from the session will be an initial list of meaningful use cases, a set of agreed technical requirements and the identification of working groups that should be analysed and included a roadmap for implementation.

The second session dives into networking services covering coordination with GEANT and the NRENs to ensure network connectivity and policy compliance for the data-intensive use cases and presentations on commercial networking solutions from Helix Nebula suppliers. As the evaluation of criteria and key performance metrics for the Helix Nebula cloud offering will be defined based on the specific goals of each flagship application, networking performance will also be a key aspect. It will also allow EGI to fine-tune the agenda with GEANT/NRENs in terms of next steps for activities related to cloud services and to discuss common issues.

The final session looks at potential business models for integrated e-Infrastructures with commercial clouds and the legal issues around scientific data in publicly owned and private infrastructures. In addition, preliminary results from a study on the cost of e-Infrastructures will be presented. A preliminary list of usage models for hybrid clouds and possible identification of cost models as well as of scenarios to operate cloud services in current and changing regulatory environment will be defined. The workshop closes with an overall summary including agreements, open issues and actions.

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