IaaS and PaaS services
The GARR Cloud Platform offers IaaS and PaaS services.
IaaS: Infrastructure as a Service
With IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) services, users can autonomously obtain, configure and manage virtual machines running on the GARR federated cloud and accessible via the high-capacity links of the national research and education network.
Within the scope of their allocated resource quota, users can create, remove, and link their VMs and customise them with resources including virtual cores, RAM, local disk space in line with their requirements.
PaaS: Platform as a Service
PaaS services are applications and software services implemented via the Web on a cluster of one or more VMs, where libraries and software packages that run the service are installed.
Currently users can install through a simple web interface more than 200 applications, including popular CMSs, tools for implementing web services, Big Data and storage solutions. Demo versions are also available.
The PaaS is deployed through an automated orchestration tool, which guides users through the required steps to create the VMs, install the operating systems and application packages, launch and manage the service.
Besides the standard PaaS, GARR cloud users can choose the innovative GaaS (GARR-Platform as a Service) mode, that allows the user to create customised cloud-based platforms without requiring any system administration skills.
Services are installed and configured in a declarative, “self-service” manner, i.e. without the need to describe the process to achieve the desired final configuration or status. This is one of the most innovative features of the GARR cloud and it also allows users to transparently deploy the service either on the private or public cloud.