GRNET offers innovative Cloud Computing services (dynamic and on-demand available computing / network / storage resources) to all members of the research and academic community. The services are offered in the form of Infrastracture as a Service (IaaS), under the brand name ~ okeanos. By using ~ okeanos, any academic user can create a multi-layer virtual infrastructure, combining simple virtual building blocks: hundreds of virtual machines can be activated in just a few seconds through virtual networks on random topologies, while data storage is feasible either on virtual drives or cloud object storage.
In October 2013 GRNET became the first European body that offers public cloud computing services to the European research and academic community through ~okeanos-global service. ~okeanos global pilot service runs over GÉANT, the pan-European research network. Hundreds of thousands of academic users have the ability to create and use virtual resources, through eduGAIN, the pan-european certification platform.
In October 2017 the new ~okeanos-knossos cloud service has been launched, hosted in GRNET’s new datacenter in Knossos, Crete. ~okeanos-knossos service offers:
- virtual machines with upgraded processing and memory features
- high-speed 10Gbit ethernet connection
- new storage system (userspace rbd with cache) with improved performance