As part of their efforts to drive usage of cloud computing in the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), the EOSC-hub and OCRE projects have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on a number of fronts.
Among the key outcomes of this MoU is that the Open Clouds for Research Environments project (OCRE), will be a participating partner in the EOSC-hub Early Adopter Programme (EAP). In this programme, selected researchers can benefit from free commercial IaaS resources, made available through vouchers in the OCRE project.
EOSC-hub Early Adopter Programme
The EOSC-hub Early Adopter Programme provides expertise and resources to help researchers become active users of the EOSC. While providing this to the users, the programme also allows the EOSC service providers to gain insight into user needs and EOSC use cases. The EAP is oriented to communities whose research activities have complex digital needs, involving multiple state-of-the-art technologies, research infrastructures and services that are not available in their current research environment.
The OCRE project enriches the European Open Science Cloud with offerings from commercial cloud and Earth Observation service providers. OCRE aggregates requirements and demand of the research community into a public procurement (tender), to establish agreements with capable service providers. OCRE also stimulates cloud adoption by researchers, through an EC cloud adoption fund. As part of these efforts, OCRE will make available €100,000 to researchers in the Early Adopter Programme. Researchers will receive ready-to-use vouchers, for using resources at commercial cloud suppliers.
Introducing Commercial Services in the EOSC
The MoU also foresees the collaboration of EOSC-hub and OCRE in OCRE’s tender process and outcomes. EOSC-hub will provide input to OCRE for developing its tender particularly on cloud interoperability requirements and guidelines, as well as procurement and business models. Resulting services from the OCRE tender will also be added to the EOSC-hub service catalogue from the 2nd quarter of 2020 onwards.