French Institute of Bioinformatics - IFB has set up a federation of clouds, Biosphere, which relies on interconnected IT infrastructures of some IFB’s platforms, providing distributed services to analyze life science data.
Biosphere provides multi-cloud deployments that help for example to combine larger CPU resources, to use different data sources, and to guarantee the availability of cloud resources. Biosphere is used for scientific production in the life sciences, developments, and also to support events like cloud and scientific training sessions, hackathons or workshops.
The Biosphere portal provides different high-level cloud interfaces to analyze your data:
To use the clouds of IFB-Biosphere, you need to ask for an account, and get membership of an active group. Then, you will need to set up your personnal parameters . And finally, you are ready to launch your virtual machines (VM) from the RAINBio catalogue.
You can get the current status and usage of the infrastructure from the Support menu . Biosphere already gathers five academic clouds deployed in regional IFB platforms: IFB-core, GenOuest, PRABI-LBBE, BiRD, BIstrO, Bilille. Other clouds under deployment will be added to the federation once operationnal: AuBi, GenoToul-Bioinfo, RPBS, PSMN ENSL-Lyon.