Executive Summary: A researcher needs to discover specific virtual computer systems or storage volumes that might be relevant to their research. The researcher may or may not have registered and may or may not have authorization to use IaaS services.
No effort or changes are proposed at this time. The use case is fully supported by XSEDE's Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS aka cloud) Service Providers.
|Component||User facing?||Component’s role in the capability|
|Service Provider IaaS (Cloud) Services||yes||Some of the Service Providers (SPs) who offer Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS aka cloud) resources offer a searchable catalog of available VM images. The catalog may include images prepared by the SP, but it may also include images prepared by other users of the system. The catalog may be searched by keyword, image title, or the image creator, and search results include descriptions provided by the images' creators. Users with allocations on the resource may launch new VMs using images from the catalog.|