NGS Cloud

Something else that got mentioned at the pub last night (thanks Mark!):

The National Grid Service are running a prototype cloud service. It uses Eucalyptus (, which is an open source project that aims to be compatible with Amazon’s EC2

Sounds awesome, although I haven’t tried it yet – you have to be registered with NGS to use it, which can be a bit of a hassle as you have to have a face-to-face meeting with an NGS representative in order to get certified. You then have to apply for early-adopter access to the cloud by telling them what you plan to use it for and where you’ll be using it from.


8 responses to “NGS Cloud

  1. Bit of a long shot but if you happen to be at the UK e-Science All Hands Meeting in Cardiff this week you can come along to the NGS stand and see a demo of the NGS cloud service – Tuesday afternoon coffee break and Thursday morning coffee break.

    We know that people can find obtaining certificates a little bit of a hassle but once you have one, you have access to all the services that the NGS provide including our database service (, applications, resources and of course our cloud service. Worth it for short walk across campus to go and see someone!

  2. Thanks Gillian! Wasn’t in Cardiff, sorry. Don’t suppose there’ll be anyone at ECCB? KCL doesn’t have an RA (at least, not on the list on the website) so it’s just a bit more faff than it should be to get registered. Hopefully I can get someone from one of the other London Universities to do it.

    Don’t suppose you fancy a trip to London to demo the cloud stuff at a biogeeks meet at some point do you?

    • > Don’t suppose you fancy a trip to London to demo the cloud stuff at a
      > biogeeks meet at some point do you?

      I would be happy to come over and talk about our cloud prototypes if you want. Shall we discuss this over e-mail or phone?

  3. HI,

    A couple of points.
    1. You don’t necessarily have to have a eScience certificate to use the test cloud you just have to register at
    2. We wont have a NGS only demo but we are working with Manchester at the moment to have a Taverna example working on the NGS cloud to be demo-ed on Monday at ECCB.

  4. Thanks for the quick responses!
    I did have a go at registering, but both the addresses and give me an error (connection timed out). I assumed it was because I didn’t have the certificate. Am I missing something obvious?
    I’ll definitely come along to the demo at ECCB. Will there be someone there who can approve my certificate? What do I need – just college ID?

    • Hi CassJohnston,

      send me ( one or more IPs from which you want to connect to our cloud prototypes and you will be able to use them right away. Once well tested, the prototype will be reachable even without registering your IPs with us.

      Hope this helps!

  5. I have checked again and you do not need a certificate to register. The issues are likely to be to do with intervening firewalls and IP ranges.
    Could you submit a ticket through the NGS help desk and we will attempt to sort it out with you.

  6. Thanks guys. This is *much* better customer service than you get from AWS 😉

    Have emailed IP address to Matteo. If I can’t get it to work, I’ll try and rule out firewall issues at this end and submit a ticket.

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