The Grid is a system for sharing computer power and data storage capacity over the Internet. The Grid goes well beyond simple communication between computers, and aims ultimately to turn the global network of computers into one vast computational resource. The Grid can also support remote access to scarce resources such as large scientific instruments and collaborative working through the Access Grid. TERENA contributes to many of the facets of Grid development.
Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. (NIST SP800-145)
TERENA has been involved in Cloud activities since 2010. These activity area pages are intended to link the work that has been taking place in TF-MSP, STORAGE, NREN-Clouds and the ASPIRE foresight study..
GÉANT Association and ownCloud, Inc., the open source-based, on-premises file sync and share provider, have agreed on a favoured-pricing scheme for GÉANT members and their constituencies. This agreement serves to facilitate the desire of various national research and education networking organisations (NRENs) to introduce services based on ownCloud technology and / or to offer the technology to their constituencies.