de.NBI Cloud

In life sciences today, the handling, analysis and storage of enormous amounts of data is a challenging issue. For example, new sequencing and imaging technologies result in the generation of large scale genomic and image data. Hence, an appropriate IT infrastructure is crucial to perform analyses with such large datasets and to ensure secure data access and storage. In addition, it is difficult to directly compare result data that have been processed at different sites, due to a lack in standardization of workflows. The de.NBI cloud is an excellent solution to enable integrative analyses for the entire life sciences community in Germany and the efficient use of data in research and application.

To a large extent, de.NBI will close the gap of the missing computational resources for researchers in Germany. A joined de.NBI cloud concept and infrastructure leads to the reduction in overall infrastructure and operational costs.

Federation of the de.NBI Cloud

The de.NBI cloud is a fully academic cloud, free of charge for academic users, where academic cloud centers provide storage and computing resources for locally stored data. All layers, i.e. hardware and personnel resources, IT administration and operation, as well as deployment of operating systems, frameworks and workflows are provided by the five local cloud centers.

The de.NBI cloud operates the major service levels. (1) Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) - suited for power users that want full control of the computing environment. (2) Platform as a Service (PaaS) - provision a fully operational infrastructure and frameworks for the deployment of workflows (3) Software as a Service (SaaS) - access to preconfigured, state-of-the-art pipelines and analysis tools. Through a cloud federation concept, all five de.NBI sites are integrated into a single cloud platform. The user will be guided to the envisaged service and the suitable cloud via the central de.NBI cloud portal. The system is based on Single sign-on (SSO) and Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure (AAI).

federated cloud

The de.NBI cloud project started in 2016 and is a collaboration project between the universities of Bielefeld, Freiburg, Gießen, Heidelberg and Tübingen (see figure below). The close cooperation with the ELIXIR cloud facilitates the achievement of a high maturity degree as quickly as possible and ensures the sustainability in the international context. de.NBI cloud provides an appropriate analytics infrastructure for bioinformatics consisting of computing power and storage capacity as well as flexible workflows and analysis tools to the life science community in Germany. The de.NBI cloud places high demands on IT security concepts and user access rules. It will comprise more than 15,000 compute cores and 5 PB of storage capacity. An infoflyer about the de.NBI cloud can be downloaded here

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  • Gießen University - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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