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15 October 2012
TERENA Trusted Cloud Drive pilot invites phase II participation
TF-Storage participants discussed the TERENA Trusted Cloud Drive pilot during their September 2012 meeting in Dubrovnik.

Source code, pre-installation images and detailed documentation are available to download as the first major milestone of the TERENA Trusted Cloud Drive pilot, which was launched in April 2012. The first national adaptation of the service platform was established in early September by PSNC, the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Centre in Poland. Five other organisations are considering implementing the platform at their locations and TERENA invites further participation in phase II.

The TERENA Trusted Cloud Drive is a pilot to develop a personal data storage service for national research and education network organisations to offer their academic and research communities. The pilot is built upon an existing and continually developing federated software platform called the ‘cloud broker platform’. This allows the connection of both private and public cloud storage back-ends and stores users’ data in the cloud in a secure and privacy preserving way by separating metadata and the encryption keys.

In phase I of the pilot, the cloud broker platform was installed at the TERENA Secretariat office and connected to a limited-storage back-end offered by TERENA. The platform was hooked up with the national access federations as well as with guest identity providers such as Google, Facebook and Twitter. An update about phase I and a demonstration of the platform's features were presented during the 2012 TERENA Networking Conference in May. Source code, images and technical documentation about the system installation process have been produced by the lead developer of the platform with community input and are available on Github and the TERENA wiki.

Participate in phase II

Phase II of the TERENA Trusted Cloud Drive is now under way. National research and education networking organisations (NRENs), universities and other institutions are invited to participate in three ways:

  • try out the TERENA installation of the service;
  • adapt the platform to your local environment and get familiar with the code;
  • contribute to the software development and attach your own storage back-end to the platform.

During phase II, participants will be able to carry out security, compatibility, performance and acceptance testing through a limited number of end users, to provide feedback on the usability of the system and to help shape and understand the type of services users will ultimately be looking for.

Expected outcomes

In January 2013 a description of the possible service models will be produced, describing what service(s) could be deployed and detailing the recommended scenario. A final report with an evaluation of the pilot and recommendations will conclude in March 2013.


Since 2010, TERENA has been actively looking into how NRENs can offer cloud services. The TERENA Task Force on the Management of Service Portfolios (TF-MSP) has investigated business aspects of NRENs offering clouds or cloud brokerage services. The Task Force on Storage (TF-Storage) covers more technical aspects, providing a forum for exchanging and promoting ideas and identifying techniques, procedures and best practices, as well as fostering collaborations among NRENs on the topic of data storage, data management, and cloud storage. At the pan-European level, TERENA has also been leading the ASPIRE foresight study, which includes the adoption of cloud services within the research and education community.

Further information

More information about the pilot can be found on the TERENA Trusted Cloud Drive wiki page. The code, images and technical documentation are also available on Github.

Slides are available from the TNC2012 presentation.

More information on TERENA's activities regarding clouds and cloud services can be found on the Cloud Services and Activities web page.