CloudMan's features and uses
This page talks about CloudMan, its features, and potential uses. CloudMan is a cloud manager that orchestrates and manages a cloud infrastructure allowing one to simply use the underlying infrastructure. It is primarily being used in the context of Galaxy Cloud and CloudBioLinux but it can be used for any purpose where a cluster in a cloud is desired. Read on about descriptions of specific features.

In case you're interested in getting a jump start on working with Galaxy and CloudMan, the following is a set of links that you should inspect:

  1. The best place to start is the Galaxy CloudMan wiki, especially if you are only looking to use Galaxy or CloudMan:
  2. If you are interested in learning how things actually operate behind the pretty interfaces, we have a few papers:
  3. If you're interested in deploying on a local/private cloud, CloudBioLinux provides most of the automation infrastructure to to get the necessary components built:

The above list should be considered a starting point in getting familiar with the overal system. Whenever you have a question, please shoot us an email. More about emailing the Galaxy community can be found at


CloudMan startup procedure

Added: 06 Mar 2013

When a CloudMan-enabled machine image is launched, the launched instance goes through a contextualization process. The end result of this process is start of the CloudMan application. The process proceeds as follows:

  1. cloudman upstart job runs (at launch level 2, 3, 4, or 5). The job definition is specified in /etc/init/cloudman.conf. There is no log output from running this script.
  2. script is executed next. This script is embeded in the image and is typically found in /usr/bin but some older imaged may have it  /opt/galaxy/pkg/bin/. The log output from this script is stored in the same directory as the script itself, called ec2autorun.log. This script processes the user data, downloads script from either the cluster's bucket (if the bucket exists) or from the default bucket and runs the script.
  3. /tmp/cm/ runs next. This script prepares the instance for CloudMan, starts the web server, downloads CloudMan (from the cluster's bucket or the default bucket) and then launches CloudMan. The log output for this script is in /tmp/cm/
  4. Finally, CloudMan starts. CloudMan runs in /mnt/cm and its log is stored in /mnt/cm/paster.log.

And there it is, a functional cluster in the cloud.