The de.NBI cloud is a fully academic cloud, free of charge for academic users, where academic cloud centers provide storage and computing resources for locally stored data. All layers, i.e. hardware and personnel resources, IT administration and operation, as well as deployment of operating systems, frameworks and workflows are provided by the five local cloud centers.

The de.NBI cloud operates the major service levels. (1) Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – suited for power users that want full control of the computing environment. (2) Platform as a Service (PaaS) – provision a fully operational infrastructure and frameworks for the deployment of workflows (3) Software as a Service (SaaS) – access to preconfigured, state-of-the-art pipelines and analysis tools. Through a cloud federation concept, all five de.NBI sites are integrated into a single cloud platform. The user will be guided to the envisaged service and the suitable cloud via the central de.NBI cloud portal. The system is based on Single sign-on (SSO) and Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure (AAI).