CERNBox is the CERN cloud storage hub for more than 16000 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.
Leveraging large and diverse set of applications at CERN, we propose a bring-your-own-application model where user groups can easily integrate their specific web-based applications in all available CERNBox workflows. We report on our experience managing such integrations and applicable use-cases, also in a broader scientific context where an emerging community including other institutes and SMEs is evolving the standards for sync & share storage.
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