Using the IFB cloud
Prior to using the IFB cloud, it is necessary to fill out a registration application. Users must belong to the life science community (whether they be an academic organization or a commercial entity) and agree to the terms and conditions. This application is validated by the cloud administrators. One important point to keep in mind is the personal, non-transferable and revocable nature of the cloud account provided by IFB. Users have exclusive access to the cloud resources they request. Allocation of resources for academic users beyond an initial standard allotment depends on the justification of the user's needs, the scientific excellence of the project and the level of participation of their organization in IFB. Users from commercial entities will pay a fee based on the full cost of the IFB’s infrastructure operation.
The IFB cloud is used via a dashboard available on a web page, which allows users to monitor the resources they requested. There are three types of resources: the storage of biological data on virtual disks, the calculation of these data and their visualization. For this purpose, users can instantiate virtual machines that contain a variable number of processors and amount of memory. Resource use, be it storage or virtual machines, must correspond to the actual needs, in particular, by ensuring that virtual disks are correctly dimensioned and by releasing the virtual machines when they are no longer used.
Access to the cloud dashboard (requires an account)