The Helmholtz Cloud offers the scientists of the Helmholtz Association and their partners a federated scientific community cloud that provides the matching IT services for seamless collaboration.
Unlike most public cloud providers, a wide range of IT services from scientific computing to Sync & Share are provided and securely hosted by the Helmholtz Centres in Germany. The connection to international developments (e.g. EOSC at European level) is regarded as essential and the "FAIR" principles in particular are taken into account.
Federated scientific community cloud
Helmholtz Cloud is designed to make the IT services of the service providing Helmholtz Centres available across Helmholtz. Each service is provided by one or more centres, respectively, for the use by other Helmholtz Centres or cross-centre project groups. They also include the possibility of integrating external guests, so that even national and international scientific collaborations are easily possible.
The technical prerequisites for seamless login are provided by the common Authentication and Authorisation Infrastructure, the Helmholtz AAI. With the Helmholtz AAI, the users of the Helmholtz Centres can use their home institution’s login to use a Helmholtz Cloud Service. That means, only the home institution’s login + password combination is needed to enter all Helmholtz Cloud services. The process from a user’s perspective is visualized in this tutorial.
Furthermore, also invited guests from outside Helmholtz are able to use Helmholtz Cloud services, e.g. via their home organisation’s login, or via public identity providers such as ORCID.
The organisational framework is provided by the Helmholtz AAI Policies.
Funded by the Helmholtz Association
Helmholtz Cloud is funded by the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres. As a result, the use of Helmholtz Cloud services can be offered free of charge to Helmholtz users and their collaboration partners.
Helmholtz Cloud Portal (Beta): Browse our current cloud services.
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