The Database Services Group (IT-DB) is responsible for current and future databases and their platform for accelerators, experiments and administrative services. It is also in charge of hosting Java Web applications as well as critical engineering and administration applications at CERN scale. Moreover, the group provides Hadoop and analytics services for CERN and the LHC experiments.

For all these services, the group is responsible to work with its users’ community to define the future generation of the services. In a number of cases, the group members also work with the WLCG Tier1 and Tier2 sites to deploy services all across the computing sites.


Group sections

Section/acronym/contact Description
Relational Database services


Leader: Eva Dafonte Perez

The section is responsible for the centralised Oracle relational databases service used by the CERN community and the LHC experiments.
It also offers a database on demand platform designed for everyone who wants to easily deploy and manage its own databases (MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle and InfluxDB).

Infrastructure, Management & Storage Services


Leader: Artur Wiecek

The section provides platforms for hosting critical engineering and administration services.
This consists of platforms for Java web hosting for CERN developed applications requiring high-availability features, third party (commercial) applications and “Middleware on Demand” self-service for simpler Java web apps.

Moreover the section is in charge of all aspects of CERN IT-DB group infrastructure, including low latency storage, physical hardware and virtual machines.

Scalable Analytics Solutions


Leader: Luca Canali

This section provides Hadoop and analytics activities in the IT-DB group.

It works closely with the experiments, accelerators and other CERN communities interested in analysing data at scale using Oracle solutions, Hadoop and Spark.
The section provides consulting and shares experience on how to use these new techniques. Members of the section also contribute to the DBR section to support the relational database services.



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