CloudFerro launched the option to get financing for cloud services provided on the Creodias. The offer is directed to researchers and scientists who will gain the opportunity to take advantage of the benefits offered by the platform.

Financing of cloud services will take place through the OCRE (Open Clouds for Research Environments) consortium. The OCRE is aimed at promoting the use of cloud services across Europe by connecting cloud providers, Earth observation (EO) organizations and the scientific community. It provides funding for scientific and research institutions with the aim to foster cloud adoption. The OCRE budget is 9,5 million EUR, including 5 million EUR for cloud computing services and 4,5 million EUR for EO services. CloudFerro has been registered as a qualified OCRE supplier for all European countries, including Poland.

Members of the scientific community can now benefit from full funding for infrastructure-cloud services (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) and the adoption of digital Earth Observation (EO) services in their scientific and research projects. OCRE can also cover the costs of cloud computing services offered on the Creodias platform, and in addition, specific services of Earth Observation.

  OCRE funding is a great opportunity for all the education and science community who will now be able to gain funding for advanced cloud-computing services on OCRE funding is an answer to the limitations that many research institutions face, such as a lack of scalable IT resources or high costs of infrastructure maintenance – comments Maciej Krzyżanowski, the CEO of CloudFerro, the operator of the Creodias platform.

The Creodias is a public computing cloud that contains online most of Copernicus Sentinel satellites data and services, as well as Envisat, ESA/Landsat and other EO data. It is equipped with a range of applications allowing users to search, view and process satellite products. It gives users access to a variety of remote sensing data and computing resources. The Creodias was launched in 2018 as the first stage of the implementation of the largest in the history of the Polish space industry, worth approx. EUR 15 million, contract obtained by a consortium of companies including CloudFerro Sp. z o.o., Creotech Instruments S.A., Wrocław Institute for Applications of Spatial Information and Artificial Intelligence (WIZIPISI), Eversis, Sinergise and Geomatys.

CloudFerro has been a trusted supplier of cloud computing services for many renowned European institutions such as the European Space Agency ESA, ECMWF, EUMETSAT or German Space Agency DLR. The company provides and operates cloud computing platforms for storing and processing big data sets.