Why use GTS?​ - Archive Information

When developing new large-scale systems, particularly distributed systems, it is essential to be able to prototype them on a platform that accurately mimics the real-world. However doing this on live production networks can be extremely risky or give results that are dependant on other users of the network. Therefore researchers need a platform that is dedicated to their project.

The design, engineering, contracting, purchasing, deployment, and operation of a “facilities based” network is an enormous effort.  GTS eliminated almost all of these distractions to the actual research. Indeed, with GTS even a small research program can easily be up and running - performing relevant mission oriented research - almost immediately upon award rather than suffering through months of ramp up time and overhead unrelated to the program’s research objectives. 

​​​GTS Key Benefits

​Cost Effective
Ideal Platform for prototyping, before moving to a production environment. Saves time and money as users don't have to build their own test environment.

Easy-to-use Interface
Users can build their environment using the easy-to-use drag-and-drop visual editor and they also have the option to define their network using the text-based editor.

Real Infrastructure
Resources are from real infrastructure distributed across the GÉANT network.
Security and Privacy​
GTS testbeds are, by design, insulated and isolated from one another. They are designed to be secure. User access to a project is carefully constrained to allow them to view only their project specific details.

Flexible Environment
Users can build/rebuild their network any number of times within their resource pool.
Minimal Overhead
Once the project is activated, users self-serve themselves and they are owners of their resources for the duration of their project. Experiments can be up and running in less than 10 minutes from activation.

Choice of Resources
Wide choice of resources and OS flavours. Bare-Metal Servers (BMS) have dedicated 10g capacity
Users have access to extensive user guide and self-help tutorials. A support team is available to maintain the operationality of the service and the maintenance of the GÉANT GTS infrastructure.