The Initiative for Globus in Europe (IGE) continues its great series of visionary and successful agreements and cooperation between projects by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the StratusLab project during the EGI Technical Forum (EGI-TF) on September, 21st in Lyon. IGE and StratusLab will closely work together by means of the exchange of requirements, by the provision of Globus services and tools deployed on the StratusLab Platform, by software distribution and certification and lastly by organizing common training events and dissemination efforts.
IGE serves as a comprehensive service provider for the European e-infrastructures regarding the development, customisation, provisioning, support including training, and maintenance of components of the Globus Toolkit, in close collaboration with the European Grid Initiative (EGI), Distributed Computing Infrastructure (DCI) projects, and Standard Development Organisations (SDOs).
StratusLab develops and provides a comprehensive, open source cloud distribution that allows resource center administrators to deploy private and/or public clouds. The primary focus of StratusLab is to ensure that its cloud distribution is well adapted to running EGI grid services. The project runs a certified, production EGI grid site as well as a reference cloud infrastructure to verify that the project’s software meets the requirements of grid site administrators and of end-users.
"The MoU between StratusLab and IGE builds a bridge between Cloud and Grid technology. Those two technologies,", says Dr. Helmut Heller, project director of IGE, "often portrayed as competitors, are really complementing each other: Clouds can make use of Grids for providing the underlying real hardware and also vice versa Grids can run on top of Clouds. With this MoU we are undertaking the first step by providing Globus appliances for the StratusLab Cloud: Grids on top of Clouds. This enables the DCIs to readily make use of Clouds through the already common Globus interface - and it brings the elasticity of "Cloud bursting" to Globus Grids."
"A close collaboration between IGE and StratusLab will allow both sides to leverage synergistic cloud and Globus grid developments. Both projects are already working closely together with EGI”, adds Dr. Charles Loomis, Stratus Lab project Coordinator, “the MoU will give the opportunity to exploit any mutually advantageous approaches in this context."
The MoU was signed on the occasion of the first ever GlobusEUROPE conference that was very successfully held on 19th of September and was co-located with the EGI-TF. The EGI-TF is considered as one of the most important yearly Grid events. More information on the conference can be obtained from http://www.globuseurope.org and http://www.ige-project.eu.