EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 245, 202024th International Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics (CHEP 2019)
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||8 - Collaboration, Education, Training and Outreach|
|Published online||16 November 2020|
Evolution of the CERNBox platform to support the Malt project
CERN, 1 Esplanade des Particules, Meyrin, Switzerland
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Published online: 16 November 2020
CERNBox is the CERN cloud storage hub for more than 25,000 users at CERN. It allows synchronising and sharing files on all major desktop and mobile platforms (Linux, Windows, MacOSX, Android, iOS) providing universal, ubiquitous, online- and offline access to any data stored in the CERN EOS infrastructure. CERNBox also provides integration with other CERN services for big science: visualisation tools, interactive data analysis and real-time collaborative editing.
Over the last two years, CERNBox has evolved from a pure cloud sync and share platform into a collaborative service, to support new applications such as DrawIO for diagrams and organigrams sketching, OnlyOffice and Collabora Online for documents editing, and DXHTML Gantt for project management, as alternatives to traditional desktop applications. Moving to open source applications has the advantage to reduce licensing costs and enables easier integration within the CERN infrastructure. This move from commercial software to open source solutions is part of the MALT project, led by the IT department at CERN to reduce the dependencies on commercial solutions.
As part of the MALT project, CERNBox is the chosen solution to replace Home directories of the Windows DFS file system. Access to storage from Windows managed devices for end-users is largely covered by synchronization clients. However, online access using standard CIFS/SMB protocol is required for shared use-cases, such as central login services (Terminal Services) and visitor desktop computers. We present recent work to introduce a set of Samba gateways running in High Availability cluster mode to enable direct access to the CERNBox backend storage (EOS).
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