The Sky System is a cloud computing platform built on OpenStack to allow quick deployment of web, database, and other systems linked to RCC resources. Data analysis workflows and pipelines increasingly rely on web-based applications and databases to facilitate job submission and to share results with a broad user community. With the Sky System, RCC staff can deploy an appropriately sized Virtual Machine (VM) within minutes, by avoiding the delays often associated with purchasing and installing new hardware. Users have administrative access to their VMs created in Sky. The Sky System is intended to support VMs that are being used to support scientific research requirements.
The SKY System is an implementation of the Openstack Cluster that hosts virtual machines for research computing purposes. Users can provision, destroy, snapshot, start, stop, and administer virtual machines via a web panel or through SSH.
SKY provisioning is available to those research groups which need less compute-intensive resources, such as web servers, small database servers, or machines that they have root access to.