Object Storage organizes the way data is written to a storage system so that data is written into self-contained entities called objects. An object storage system gives each object a unique ID, which is managed in a flat index and not, for example, in a tree-based structure.
Object Storage Service for DICE
In the context of the EU-funded DICE project, INFN provides an object storage service, based on the INFN Cloud infrastructure and solutions. This object storage service, published on the EOSC Portal, is free of charge for European research communities until June 2023. After this date INFN, like other DICE storage providers, may continue to offer their services as part of their mission, under appropriately agreed conditions of use.
Characteristics of the Object Storage Service for DICE
As part of the DICE project, INFN provides an S3-compatible endpoint on the INFN Cloud infrastructure, through which users can store and manage objects using the S3 REST API either via a Command Line Interface (CLI) or via a web browser. Authentication to the object storage service is managed via INDIGO-IAM, supporting both local and federated users.
How to request the Object Storage Service for DICE
In order to request the Object Storage Service for DICE, please send an email to email@example.com, specifying your background, approximately the amount of storage that you would like to have under the Object Storage Service for DICE, and a brief description of your use case. You will then be contacted to discuss your requirements.