|Academic Cloud:||Galaxy on Terra|
|Commercial Cloud:||Galaxy on Terra|
|Summary:||Run Galaxy inside the Terra cloud platform.|
Terra is a scalable and secure platform for biomedical researchers to access data, run analysis tools and collaborate. Terra enables researchers to run familiar bioinformatics platforms, such as Galaxy and Bioconductor in RStudio on commercial cloud platforms such as Google Compute and Microsoft Azure. Terra insulates the user from the details of installing software (e.g, Galaxy and RStudio) and the intricacies of deploying that software on the cloud.
- Terra is used in several large projects, including NHGRI's AnVIL Project, which makes Galaxy accessible in a secure, FISMA-Moderate environment where researchers can perform analysis on personally identifiable data.
- Each researcher (or group) launches their own instance of Galaxy, running within Terra.
- See Meaghan McConlogue's blog post A Galaxy of tools at your fingertips for more.
- Video: How to launch Galaxy workflows from Dockstore - Part 2 (Using custom cloud environment options)
Terra is classified as both an academic cloud and a commercial cloud platform. It is definitely a research cloud platform, but it is built on commercial clouds and is a pay-per-use platform. As a cloud platform you control how many resources are allocated to your Galaxy instance.
Terra is co-developed by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Microsoft and Verily.