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The NIIFI Cloud

The benefits of a NREN-provided Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud computing platform are obvious. This kind of service perfectly fits into the role of a NREN provider in many ways, which enables member organizations to focus on innovative tasks and problems instead of bothering about the required infrastructure. Most of the time setting up the environment for a new service or the IT background of a research project starts with looking for suitable hardware, which, sometimes, is hard to find. If the service has QoS requirements, the task gets even more complicated and resource consuming. Enabling efficient collaboration is another example that usually requires dedicated hardware from at least one participant since shared hardware may contain sensitive information.

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