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The Discovery Cloud is CI Director Ian Foster's vision to deliver powerful computational tools and methods to every professional and amateur scientist around the world, fundamentally transforming the ecosystem of science. Globus is the first step towards realizing this vision.

Globus projects combine the tools for building a cyberinfrastructure that enables researchers to collaborate across long distances with services that automate and enhance the management of big data science. Combined, these two components make up a platform that can create solutions for accelerating discovery, such as Globus Genomics a cloud-based, elastic system for genomics analysis.

Overall, Globus addresses the needs of both researchers and big data/computation resource providers, providing the former with frictionless access to advanced capabilities and the later with an easy way to deliver these capabilities to a broad user base.