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IAAS-8: Dynamically acquire and manage hosted computer systems and/or storage volumes

Executive Summary: 
An XSEDE science gateway developer needs to develop an application that can automatically acquire and manage hosted computer systems and/or storage volumes via an Application Programmer Interface (API).
User Importance Summary: 
Researchers are increasingly using externally hosted ("cloud") virtual machines to extend their computing environments without requiring capital investment.
Target Communities and Sizes: 
Application developers - O(10) Science gateways - O(10)