RUS Virtual Machines switch off on July 31, 2020

Published on: 13 Jul 2020

RUS Virtual Machines switch off on July 31

On Friday 31 July 2020, after three years of continuous activity, the RUS Copernicus Service will switch off its Virtual Machines. Now, the European Space Agency and the European Commission are questioning a possible extension of the service.

The RUS – Research and User Support – service was launched in September 2017 to prevent technical and knowledge barriers affecting user’s uptake of Copernicus datasets. Since that time, as a free service, it has offered to Sentinel data-users the capacity to access, download, store and process an extensive quantity of datasets on a unique environment – a customized Virtual Machine – pre-equipped with open-source toolboxes. Over these three years of activity, RUS deployed more than 2,500 Virtual Machines, supporting around 3,000 users all over the Copernicus programme member countries, i.e. the European Union plus Iceland and Norway.

The RUS team is currently working on shutting down Virtual Machine resources. Therefore, we are no longer able to provide new resources to RUS users. However, we would like to invite you to access the RUS Copernicus YouTube channel and watch or rewatch all the videos of the 34 RUS webinars that have been offered over the three years of the project. We wish you a good self-training session during the summer break.

Thank you for your understanding.

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