The integration of INDIGO solutions into Atos portfolio

AtosAtos Cloud Solutions  advocates for openness and avoidance of vendor-locking by relying in OpenStack and Open Nebula, two wide spread and well know Open Source technologies, to provide its services. INDIGO-DATACLOUD services facilitate interoperability among these two open technologies.


Interview with Ana Juan Ferrer, Head of Cloud and Services Lab at Atos Research and Innovation,
August 2017

Atos (www.atos.net) offers customers a secure and centrally hosted environment that meets the requirements of research software developers and scientific users. These are delivered by providing two different Open Source cloud management stacks (Open Nebula and Open Stack) on top of Atos hardware offered from ITER Data center [1][2]. INDIGO Extended OpenStack and OpenNebula Functionalities  and INDIGO Core PaaS  have been assessed and could be candidates for its integration on top of the two IaaS Clouds offerings based on Open Nebula and Open Stack.

 “Atos in interested in further developing INDIGO solutions in order to enhance and improve available tools set for own customers - Ana Juan Ferrer, Head of Cloud and Services Lab at Atos Research and Innovation, says -  We foresee that all the INDIGO-Atos developments will be submitted to Atos Innovation Board, with the objective of transferring them to other units so they can make use of the software developed and the knowledge gained”.

Atos is specifically interested in further development of the INDIGO Extended Data Solutions, OpenStack and OpenNebula Functionalities and Automated Solutions (nova-docker, TOSCA in HEAT, ONEDock, DockerHub Sync,) and Core PaaS (Kubernetes Monitoring Accounting).

Open Access as a commercial value-add

Atos Cloud Solutions advocate for openness and avoidance of vendor-locking by two main aspects. First by relying in two wide spread and well know Open Source technologies in order to provide its services  (OpenStack and Open Nebula). Second, by relying and integrating on Open Source software components INDIGO-DataCloud services that facilitate interoperability among these two open technologies. The involvement of industrial actors in the provision of eInfrastructures aims to further contribute to its sustainability by providing a specifically tailored solution. As with the business sector, many organizations in the scientific research community request to take advantage of the benefits associated with cloud computing.

“The market lacked a platform that was truly suitable for their needs: with the community demanding huge computational power, interoperability with their own  environments, as well as the highest levels of data protection in compliance with the privacy regulations across member states of the EU”. Ana Juan Ferrer, Head of Cloud and Services Lab at Atos Research and Innovation

 

 A long lasting legacy

In order to continue on this direction, Atos has recently won the project “DeepHybridCloud”: Designing and Enabling E-infrastructures for intensive Processing in a Hybrid DataCloud from the topic call “EINFRA-21-2017”, where apart from ATOS other INDIGO partners are engaged such as INFN, University of Valencia, CSIC, LIP, IBCH PAS, CESNET among others. 

The aim of DEEP Hybrid DataCloud project is the need to support intensive computing techniques that require specialized HPC hardware, like GPUs or low latency interconnects, to explore very large datasets. A Hybrid Cloud approach enables the access to such resources that are not easily reachable by the researchers at the scale needed in the current EU e-infrastructure. Also, proposes to deploy under the common label of “DEEP as a Service”, a set of building blocks that enable the easy development of applications requiring these techniques: deep learning using neural networks, parallel post-processing of very large data, and analysis of massive online data streams.

The project will evolve to TRL8 existing services and technologies at TRL6+, including relevant contributions to the EOSC, the European Open Science Cloud, by the INDIGO-DataCloud H2020 project, that the project will enrich with new functionalities already available as prototypes, notably the support for GPUs and low latency interconnects. These services will be deployed in the project testbed, offered to the research communities linked to the project through pilot applications, and integrated under the EOSC framework, where they can be further scaled up in the future.

 

Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is a leader in digital services with 2014 pro forma annual revenue of circa €11 billion and 93,000 employees in 72 countries. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & System Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Security solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, the Group works with clients across different business sectors: Defense, Financial Services, Health, Manufacturing, Media & Utilities, Public Sector, Retail, Telecommunications and Transportation.

Atos is a partner in INDIGO – Data Cloud project.  The interest in participate in this project begun thanks to the Atos involvement in Helix Nebula initiative http://www.helix-nebula.eu/.

 

 


[1] Atos wins contract for the second most powerful supercomputer in Spain, https://atos.net/en/2013/press-release/general-press-releases_2013_06_27...
[2] Atos ITER launch, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxIl2ujqKDs