Tier-1 Cloud



Regularly, VSC users express the need for a more flexible environment with tailor-made software packages, interactive data analysis tools, workflow portals, data visualization or specific pre- and post processing packages.


The VSC Cloud component meets these requests by enabling ‘on-demand’ resources in a more flexible and cloud-like manner. Based on OpenStack, VSC Cloud offers Infrastructure as a Service capability for power users that can deploy resources such as virtual machines and storage systems, and adapt these to their scientific use case. The VSC Cloud component also offers a number of high-level services through a ready-to-use catalog of templates that makes it easy to set up databases or web servers.


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For a hands-on guide to the VSC cloud computing platform, check this tutorial.


Project access Tier-1 Cloud


The application


Researchers at universities, the Flemish SOCs and the Flemish public knowledge institutions can apply for Tier-1 Cloud resources. The designated way to get access to the Tier-1 for research purposes is through a project application. Applicants do not have to pay a contribution in the cost of resources. This procedure is not applicable for industry. For more information, companies should contact our industry account manager (


The proposal should include a realistic estimate of the resources needed in the project in your application. 


You can submit proposals continuously, but they will be gathered, evaluated and resources allocated at a number of cut-off dates.

There are 2 cut-off dates in 2021:

  • June 28, 2021

  • October 4, 2021


Proposals submitted since the last cut-off and before each of these dates are reviewed together.

The evaluation commission is responsible for the review of the applications, which have to be of outstanding quality. The preferred language for the proposals is English. 


More information and the application form for 2021 can be found in the links below.​


If you need help to fill out the application, please consult your local support team via this page