This platform has been designed to enable the CH community (including software providers) to share competences and information, and provide a distributed platform to run applications, starting from the services provided by the 4CH project members.

The challenge has been to design an architecture, which contains all the elements needed to provide users with the capability of using different software services made available via a platform in order to let them be able to use resource infrastructures in a seamless and transparent way. The current technology based on lightweight containers and related virtualization developments make it possible to design such Platform as a Service (PaaS) layer in a relatively straightforward way.

The 4CH cloud is provided with multiple SaaS (Software as a Service), described in the section User Services

The PaaS structure and the instructions to integrate services into the 4CH cloud are described in the section Developer Services