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Getting Started on sobloo.eu

Here is an overview of our website and a few practical tips to get you quickly started.

Tip: Our website is optimized to run with Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge. Internet Explorer is also supported but not recommended.

Ready? Let’s start!

Although it is not necessary to discover and use most of sobloo, we recommend that you start by logging in. Then you can surf with no limit!

 

1. Login/Create my account

Click here: 

 

You get the choice to log in via Google or iWelcome for free (iWelcome is a European Identity Provider).
Once you are logged in, the picto turns to light blue  and will remain so until you log out, when it turns back to dark blue.

Of course, if you do not have an account with Google or iWelcome already, you need to create one.
If you chose Google => click on Create an account, if iWelcome => click on Sign up and follow the steps... That’s it, your account is created!
If you are not automatically redirected to sobloo website and logged in, just click on  again and log in with your brand new account.

While we are at it... Some sobloo services, require that you provide an API Key so let’s create one.

 

2. Create an API Key

Click on  / My profile and select on the left to get to this screen

To create an API Key (you can create up to 10), click on 

The API Key is generated and inserted in your dashboard while a pop-up window provides you the associated secret. You must save it for later use!

 

3. Want to discover and use data?

3.1. General picture

Global Data Offer (https://sobloo.eu/data/global-data-offer) gives you a general picture of which data that is/will be accessible via sobloo and which is/will be locally stored in sobloo local storage.

Want to discover our data in more details?

 

3.2. Sobloo Catalogue Web User Interface

Access to All Data (https://sobloo.eu/wui/) or to preselected families via dedicated links: Satellites, Core Services, Thematic Products, Geo-Marketing.

When you click on Browse in one of the above pages, you enter directly sobloo Web Catalogue User Interface. If you need help to get started with this UI or want to know all its functionalities, check this link: https://gitlab.com/pub-sobloo/support/wikis/Data-Catalogue-Web-GUI.

Sobloo Catalogue UI enables you to define your search criteria, see the list of corresponding products, store this list for later use, view one or several products up to full resolution (when applicable), find out if they are stored locally or remotely... and download them on your workspace (your PC or your cloud resources on sobloo) if you wish.

If you wish to work with our data on a larger scale, you will probably want to use our APIs. Here’s some help with them!

 

3.3. Data Access via sobloo APIs

Full description of the APIs available is here: https://gitlab.com/pub-sobloo/support/wikis/API-documentation and tutorials are here: https://gitlab.com/pub-sobloo/support/wikis/Tutorials/Basic-API-usage. All examples in these tutorials are also provided as code snippets.

Careful! To download data through APIs, an API Key is needed (see dedicated section).

In addition to these APIs, we can also give you direct access to sobloo S3 storage, in Read Only mode. This is not the standard way to access our data so if you need this access please contact us (see dedicated section below).

 

4. Want to have your own cloud resources on sobloo?

You are right! This is the best way to take advantage of the data stored on sobloo and of the services provided and of...: in one word, of sobloo ecosystem!

 

4.1. Open Your Billing Rights

Well, this is easy:  to access for the first time to a charged service on sobloo you have to open your billing rights pressing the corresponding button at the top of the marketplace page:

Button:

There is a simple form to fill and send to us. This is an operation to do only once.

Congratulations! You can now access to all pay-per-use services on sobloo!

 

4.2. Order your Cloud Resources

You can now have access to Infrastructure services. You can tell us what you need through the Contact Us form (see dedicated section below), we will come back to you right away to open you a tenant on Orange Flexible Engine cloud with the required characteristics (number and type of VM, volume of storage, …).

You can get all information you need on the different elements required to build your cloud environment: go in the Menu “Infra”.

It is divided in two sections: Cloud Services (computing, storage, network) and Managed Services.

Cloud Services present you the cloud fundamental bricks whereas Managed Services propose you to totally operate and maintain some of your software components (OS, databases, middlewares, …)

To access the price list you can go on the marketplace and click on the relative product (“Cloud Services” or “Managed Services”).

 

 

 

4.3. Manage your Cloud Resources

sobloo teams up with Orange for the provision of cloud resources so, once you have subscribed to cloud resources on sobloo, you will receive an email notification from Orange.
The email provides links to access two work spaces:

• The Cloud Store, which is a general/administrative kind of work space where you can manage your contract and services, check your bills...

• The Flexible Engine technical console: this is the one that allows you to access your tenant on the Orange Cloud (called “Flexible Engine”) and start working with it, including provisioning VMs, storage, etc...

 

Tip: The environment is provided in English by default. If you want to change the language, in the top right corner, you can also switch to French for instance.

You’ve made it to the Cloud Console and will be able to manage your tenant from here!

A step by step guide of the main features you can access has been developed. It includes accessing to it, provisioning servers and other cloud resources, opening it to other users. Check it out!

https://gitlab.com/pub-sobloo/support/wikis/Tutorials/Manage-your-cloud

For a complete user manual, check the User Guide provided under Orange cloud customer space: https://customer-communities.orange-business.com/docs/DOC-9968.

 

FYI: Orange is the Cloud provider powering the sobloo Cloud. This explains why the look and feel is a bit different. We’re working on making it more seamless.

4.4. Access your tenant from sobloo

When working on sobloo, you will often wish to have access to both sobloo website and to your technical console on the Orange cloud. We recommend that you open 2 tabs side by side on your web browser so that you can easily go back and forth.

For the time being, there is no single sign on (SSO) implemented between sobloo and Orange websites, so you will have to log separately on each. To facilitate this, we recommend that you allow your credentials to be saved by your web browser.

Note that sobloo also provides the means to access to your workspaces on the Orange cloud.
Clicking on  / My profile prompts you to your personal settings page where the 3 buttons at the bottom will bring you to the corresponding spaces in the Orange website.

 

 

5. What services are available on sobloo?

This section is dedicated to the services that are provided by sobloo itself. They are presented on the website on the sobloo Marketplace (as well as all the services provided by our partners).

 

 

 

5.1. K8S and Monocular

If you are looking for ready-to-go clusters to help set up, run and maintain your applications or services, our back-end modules are made for you.

Our K8s cluster is based on the last stable release and fully configured for you. This "best of bread" deployment management system allows you to manage your Docker images easily.

Monocular provides you access to tons of pre-configured apps (packaged as helm charts) such as Redis, ETCD, ELK, etc. It allows you to browse available charts from multiple repositories and install them in your own K8S cluster with a few clicks.

Our support team will be happy to deploy these for you, directly in your tenant. To do so, please Contact Us (see dedicated section below).

 

5.2. Earth Observation Toolboxes

The Earth Observation Toolboxes in the MarketPlace provide links to basic tools: ESA SNAP, Orfeo Toolbox and Sentinel DataHub. They can be used either stand-alone or in combination for any remote sensing application you may want to address.

Just click on the links provided and you will be able to download and install them in your workspace. Want more than this? Check our sobloo desktop below.

 

5.3. sobloo Desktop

The sobloo Desktop offers, in a browser window, a wide collection of graphical tools for users to take advantage of. The most common browsers are supported such as Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. Deployed on the sobloo cloud, right next to the data, it ensures maximum download speed.

The sobloo Desktop is based on Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenia) and provides the following tools out of the box:

  • Processing environment: ESA Snap 6.0, BRAT 4.1.0, OTB 6.4.0, Sen2Cor
  • GIS solution: Qgis 2.18
  • GDAL 2.2 support
  • Development platform: Eclipse Neon with C, C++, Java, Python
  • Scientific computation: scilab, GNU Octave, Snaphu ...
  • Jupyter notebook
  • Rstudio

Of course, you can install your own favorite tools/library as well!
Want it installed on your VMs? please Contact Us (see dedicated section below).

 

 

5.4. sobloo GitLab

sobloo provides a GitLab directly accessible from the website where you can find resources covering many practical topics. The GitLab is organized as follows:

  • A repository where dockerfiles, source code and scripts are available
  • A docker registry providing several docker images ready to use (python development, OpenStack oriented, etc.)
  • A wiki to share documentation with you

Check it out at https://gitlab.com/pub-sobloo/support/.

 

6. Looking for help or support?

sobloo provides a specific help menu to answer all your questions and needs.

 

6.1. FAQ, Documentation and Tutorials

The Documentation page (https://gitlab.com/pub-sobloo/support/wikis/home) provides not only documentation on sobloo Catalogue User Interface, APIs and other relevant scientific references but also several Tutorials, including how to submit a ticket to sobloo HelpDesk (see below).

The FAQ page (https://sobloo.eu/help/faq) addresses general and most common topics.

 

 

 

6.2. sobloo Helpdesk

Clicking here 

enables you to get help or notify an issue to sobloo Helpdesk. This helpdesk is based on a standard Jira instance so you should not have to much trouble to find your way around.
On your very first connection, you will be invited to key-in your e-mail address and will receive a mail to setup your password. These credentials will be necessary for further connections.

 

7. Need more information from us?

If you did not find the answer on our website, if the information you are looking for is general or on the contrary very specific, if ... Well, just click here and tell us what you need. We will get back to you very shortly.

 

8. Want a synthetic view of sobloo performances?

How many products are available on sobloo and how many are stored locally? How fast can I provision a VM or a bucket in my tenant?
What is the average download speed of a product?
How fast do APIs respond?

Our public Dashboard provides you the most useful performances of sobloo.

Enjoy your journey on sobloo!