What is Pouta?

cPouta and ePouta are the IaaS cloud services at CSC. The cPouta cloud is the public cloud which is easily accessible via the internet. The ePouta cloud is virtual private cloud designed to meet the security requirements for handling sensitive data.  Both cPouta and ePouta clouds run on OpenStack cloud software. The Pouta cloud services are suitable for most kinds of computational workloads, and any other supporting services these workloads might need.

cPouta virtual machines can be connected to the external IP addresses, and in this case they can be directly accessed from the Internet. This helps the customers run widely available services, but customers must also take care to secure their machines. The virtual machines do not have access to any other part of CSC's infrastructure, other than what is already visible to the Internet. Application data and software must be uploaded either via the internet or copied from CSC's existing shared storage services.

ePouta cloud services are well suited for computational workloads involving sensitive data as well as extending customer's existing IT infrastructure. ePouta cloud services are attached to customer's infrastructure and could be used to analyse sensitive data which may require large amounts of memory or clustered I/O performance, remote desktop for processing of sensitive data etc.. The virtual machines in ePouta cloud may optionally have network access to specific sensitive data repositories at CSC.