What is SimpleVM?

SimpleVM streamlines the launch of single Virtual Machines (VMs). It takes care of the network setup, SSH access and other tasks like e.g. volume mounts and provides the user with quick access to the machine. Once you have configured your VM to your liking e.g. by installing software, it can be shared simply by creating a snapshot and providing this snapshot to other users.

What are typical use cases?

Tools and Pipelines - SimpleVM allows you to get up and running with your favorite tools and pipelines very quick.

Remote Desktop - Launch your own desktop in the cloud and be able to run programs with graphical user interface - in addition to the command-line.

Research Environments - Popular tools and environments such as RStudio® can be used directly in the cloud - via your browser

Workshops - Conduct workshops in the cloud. Prepare the machine for your participants at your convenience and start them in no time.

Cluster - Start and scale clusters of virtual machines - exactly according to your requirements.

Why should you choose SimpleVM as your de.NBI Cloud project type?


Ease of Use

SimpleVM lets you start and stop VMs with a few click. It is very beginner-friendly and does not require any complex configuration.


Flat Learning Curve

If you want to use SimpleVM you don’t have to learn about resource management, like network configurations or storage management. No background knowledge in cloud computing is necessary.


Remote Desktop and Research Environments

If you don’t want to use SimpleVM via terminal you can easily connect to your VM using a remote desktop or use tools like RStudio® in the cloud.


This project type offers a variety of different resources and images that can be used. Below you can see examples of flavours and of usable images.
Research environments

Our Research Environment feature allows you to use familiar and popular tools such as RStudio directly in the cloud, complete with graphical interface.

Thats what users say

We could not conduct most of our research projects without the de.NBI cloud.

Testimonials for this project type

Plant Breeding Driven by Big Data Analysis

Plant Breeding is a big numbers game. To enable breeding progress for complex traits like yield and stress tolerance in crop plants, integrated analyses of multi-omics and digitized phenomics data from large plant populations grown in multiple field studies are required. The de.NBI cloud is a great resource which is helping us to extract meaning from large noisy and heterogenous data sets for predicting yield and quality traits from genotypes of crop plants. Read more...

SPAAM Summer School 2023: Introduction to Ancient Metagenomics

The workshop functionality of de.NBI Cloud has been extremely helpful in maximising the accessibility of a global cohort students to consistent software environments to ensure everyone starts on a level playing field. In particular the desktop environments accessible through a web-browser were a great help due to a large number of students with limited command-line experience. Read more...

Interactions in the bacterial pathobiome associated with crown gall disease: coexistence or competition?

The de.NBI cloud provided us with the easy accessible and scalable working environment which we could freely adapt to serve our research needs. When necessary, the de.NBI support team provided us with prompt assistance. Taken together, de.NBI cloud have proven to be indispensable for our bioinformatics analyses, and enabled planning of new research projects. Read more...

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