Towards the clouds together, collaboration on cloud services in research and education
TOWARDSTHE CLOUDS,TOGETHERCollaboration on cloud servicesin research & educationGN3plus, SA7andres@surfnet.nlAndres Steijaert
2 BILLION PEOPLE ONLINE30% OF WORLD POPULATIONIT USEDTO BE SCARCENOW AVAILABLE IN ABUNDANCEmulti-devicemulti-serviceConsumerization & commoditizationEnd user push
Cloud computing from a user perspective:Consuming ready to use online services,provided by external providers,through a pay-per-use model.users are choosersremoval of entry barriersUsers will choose the easiest pathNot about ‘how’ it is producedbut about ‘what’ is offeredwhat do I need now
For users not shadow IT but real IT !Home organizations responsible: have legal obligationto protect data (Personally Identifiable Information)
Traditional supply chain ; cd-rom distribution, on-premise hostingNew supply chain ; cloud distribution model
Traditional supply chain ; cd-rom distribution, on-premise hostingNew supply chain ; cloud distribution model+ fast delivery,rapid updates, elastic,pay-per-use- Data outside of your ownorganization, trust and controlCloud
Connect | Communicate | CollaborateOpportunitiesCloud services offer higher education and research organisationsthe opportunity to become more agile and provide their userswith a wider range of relevant IT services at a faster pace andfulﬁll user demand.IT departments can use the instant availability and elasticity ofcloud services (rapid expansion or contraction of capacity) toreduce development time and modify their expenditure proﬁle,reducing the need for periodic and large capital expenditure(capex) to a smoother, increased, more predictable operationalexpenditure (opex, pay-per-use model)
Connect | Communicate | CollaborateOpportunitiesCloud services allow higher education and research toadd value to their usersNew ServicesInnovative ServicesIncreased CollaborationReduced Development and Capital CostsIntegrating public services reduces training and supportfor usersIncreased ﬂexibility, reduced risk
Connect | Communicate | CollaborateChallengesThe standard delivery of cloud services by commercial organisationsis often incompatible with the requirements of higher education and research. There are signiﬁcant challenges on trust, security, privacy, legislation and regulation.These issues have different implications between cloud services used in a privatecapacity, compared to services used within an education or research environment,where the ownership of data and the need to ensure strong custodial control areimportant. There are also issues regarding data portability and interoperability.Vendors have a commercial imperative to maintain users and reduce churn withintheir user base and so have little incentive to collaborate with competitors on theseissues.The cloud is evolving rapidly. Users are making these choices now. In its most basic formand from an user perspective, the cloud is about consuming ready to use online services,provided by external providers, through a pay-per-use model.There is a real danger thatif NRENs and institutions do nothing, users will drift into fragmented islandsof incompatible services that may not have a sustainable future.
Connect | Communicate | CollaborateCloud servicesEmpower users to consume the online servicesthey want and need:users are choosersDisrupt the traditional software distributionmodel and supply chain;Require collaboration between research andeducation organisations,to prevent cloud fragmentationand provide interoperability and security.Connect the clouds Together !
support to cloudsHelp NRENs to bring cloud services to their userswith the right conditions of use
Build a framework for NRENs to develop their cloud strategiesAgree standards for cloud servicesImprove interoperabilityDevelop and share cloud best practicesBroker inter-NREN contracts and manage vendors (demand aggregation)Integrate cloud services with NREN infrastructure
The synergy betweenAn advanced network with fixed connections and mobile capabilitiesA strong AAI middleware integration infrastructureAttractive cloud service offeringswill propel higher education and research
The synergy betweenAn advanced network with fixed connections and mobile capabilitiesA strong AAI middleware integration infrastructureAttractive cloud service offeringswill propel higher education and researchBuild on existing cloud service initiatives of theGN3plus partners (NRENs) to quickly bootstrapservices for the broader GÉANT community.Establish knowledge dissemination and informationexchange within the community on cloud computing- evolve and learn together -
We need open, cross-organizational,online collaboration (interoperability),through standards: technical and legal
GÉANT SUPPORTINGNUCLEAR FUSIONSCIENTISTS IN SEARCHFOR CLEAN ENERGYDOUBLE AWARD WINS!GÉANT RECEIVESTWO HIGH-PROFILEACCOLADESTIONUSSTEPTUD SERVICESWhat the cloud isNOTHow to beneﬁt from it, to support our usersBUT ABOUTHow to collaboratewithin our R&E community and with the marketWhich components can we consume from others?What should we produce ourselves?
Connect | Communicate | CollaborateTechnology Research & DevelopmentGÉANT is at the forefront of Network R&DThe GÉANT ﬁbre platform provides anunrivaled testbed for advanced technologiesResearch into innovative uses for theseservices is key to ensuring NRENs cansupport their users into the future.
Let users choose between multiple cloud vendors and cloud services- multi-vendor approach -Services provided by commercial vendorsServices from within community
Let users choose between multiple cloud vendors and cloud services- multi-vendor approach -Services provided by commercial vendorsServices from within community13orks (NRENsces to their users.ANT will help the community toect, purchase and manage cloudrvices with the right conditions ofse; amongst them topics likenteroperability, data portability,ecurity and privacy.demand acroand negotiating integratedbrokerage and service delivery(framework contracts, terms andconditions of use) NRENs will beable to get the best possiblevalue from cloud services.MEET THE CLOUD SERVICES ACTIVITYLEADER - ANDRES STEIJAERTAndres Steijaert is the activity leaders for the GÉANT Support to Clouds Activity.At SURFnet, as member of the SURFnet-taskforce Cloud, he initiated anddirected the cloud brokerage and vendor management activities. Previouslyhe worked as program manager on the development of the SURFconextcollaboration infrastructure; a middleware framework which interconnectscloud vendors and higher education organisations in the Netherlands.Andres is a frequent speaker on cloud computing.Many NRENs are already offering valuable services using Cloud providers. SUNET in Swedenhas successfully integrated Box (www.box.com) into its offerings to provide a simple to useCloud Storage service to staff and researchers. By linking Box to SWAMID (the identityfederation for higher education in Sweden) the creation and management of accountsis greatly simpliﬁed and allows for easier control. By February 2013, SUNET had 17 organisations,with nearly 5000 users and approximately 9TByte of stored data using the service.
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTONMulti vendor strategyGoogle and MicrosoftIntegrate via standards (SAML, Grouper)‘A tale of two clouds’Terry Grayhttp://bit.ly/aYfbwb
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON CLOUD STRATEGYSHAPED BY FOUR KEY IDEASOur community is already using and beneﬁting from a wide variety ofcloud-based services, and it would be counterproductive to oppose theiruse despite the institutional concerns that come with the cloud.The universitys risk proﬁle would improve over the status quo byestablishing one or more preferred collaboration platforms, backed bycontract terms that address institutional risks.We should use the cloud opportunity to encourage collaboration across allsectors of our community (faculty, staff, and students) rather than, say, justusing cloud services to get out of the student e-mail business.We should partner with both Microsoft and Google in order to providethe best options to our very diverse population.
service specificationspricesecurity & privacyLegislation(national, EU, USAinternational clouds)data portabilityinteroperabilityUse the value and size of our combined community50 million users !
Provide added value by means ofan infrastructure,which interconnects cloud services and users
Gartner about SURFconext“SURFconextdemonstrates a clear trend thatsuperstructures built byorganizations such as those of theNational Research and EducationNetwork (NREN)are better positioned to deliveracademic collaborationfunctionalitythan individual institutions.”
support to cloudsCloud strategyFulvio Galeazzi -email@example.comCloud Standards& InteroperabilityMiroslav Ruda -firstname.lastname@example.orgCloud integrationPanos Louridas -email@example.comCloud brokerage &vendor managementBranko Radojević -branko.radojevic@CARNet.hrCollaboration on cloud servicesin research & educationGN3plus, SA7Andres Steijaert - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cloud strategyEstablish a common strategy, based oncommunity requirements, sharedprinciples and valuesSTRATEGYsupport to clouds
Cloud standardsand interoperabilityCreate policies, rules and best-practices to establish standardsand interoperabilitySTRATEGYINTEROPERABILITYsupport to clouds
Cloud brokerage andvendor managementAcquire and manage the delivery ofservices from providers and provideNRENs with a well-balanced portfolioof cloud services.BROKERAGESTRATEGYINTEROPERABILITYsupport to clouds
Cloud integrationFacilitate the technical integrationand implementation workneeded to connect cloud servicesto theIT infrastructure of NRENs.INTEGRATIONBROKERAGESTRATEGYINTEROPERABILITYsupport to clouds