FireCloud is now powered by Terra! -- STARTING MAY 1st, 2019 THIS WEBPAGE WILL NO LONGER BE UPDATED.
From now on, please visit the Terra Help Center for documentation, tutorials, roadmap and feature announcements.
Want to talk to a human? Email the helpdesk, post feature requests or chat with peers in the community forum.



Last month we were excited to announce that FireCloud is getting a big upgrade, including a new and improved user interface called Terra. As a reminder, going forward we'll use the name “Terra” to refer to the overall platform that you use to get your work done, while “FireCloud” will refer to the NCI-sponsored project page that features TCGA and TARGET data. You can already access Terra here if you have a FireCloud account, and you may have received an email invitation to check it out.

Today we're following up on that announcement with some important news: the "classic" FireCloud portal will be turned off on May 1st. At that point, all traffic to FireCloud will be automatically redirected to Terra.


We are working hard to minimize any potential disruption, but it will nevertheless be a major change, so here are a few things you need to know to prepare.

  • When you log in to Terra with your existing FireCloud credentials, everything that you’re used to seeing — workspaces, data, tools, and notebooks — will be there waiting for you. They might just look a bit different -- hopefully nicer!
  • The automatic redirect will be a "deep" redirect, so clicking on direct links to specific resources like workspaces or methods will take you to their new location. There should not be any broken links; you will not have to hunt around for your stuff.
  • If you have not yet received an email invitation, you can expect to receive one within the next couple of weeks. Or you can take matters into your own hands and take a peek here .
  • This side-by-side comparison between FireCloud and Terra will help you navigate the new interface and upgraded technical features. It also outlines the development roadmap for what's coming next.

Between now and May 1st, we'll continue to maintain both portals in parallel, but we encourage you to start getting oriented to Terra as soon as possible. We think you're going to like it!

Don't hesitate to reach out to us by commenting on this blog post, over email via the Helpdesk at terra-support@broadinstitute.zendesk.com (accessible via the Contact Us button in the Terra app) or by visiting the Terra Community.

Keith Corbin
Head of Product, Analysis Platform
Broad Institute


Return to top

Fri 8 Mar 2019
Comment on this article


- Recent posts



- Follow us on Twitter

FireCloud

@BroadFireCloud

RT @TerraBioApp: Terra #OpenScience Contest -- You be the judge! Over the past month we ran a contest in which four teams created workspace…
26 Jun 19
FireCloud project resources are affected by this GCP outage as well. https://t.co/rbhB2MMJd7
2 Jun 19
RT @jklemm: Also available on @BroadFireCloud where it was leveraged to process all of the RNA-Seq data from TCGA and GTEx through STAR-fus…
29 May 19
RT @TerraBioApp: Do you have a pet workflow or a favorite notebook? Have you thought about sharing them with the world, but keep pushing it…
18 May 19
RT @jklemm: Great meeting this week with #NCICloud and Data Commons Framework teams discussing cancer research priorities for #NCICommons.…
15 May 19

- Our favorite tweets from others

I will be introducing Terra to aspiring bioinformatics researchers later this month. I discovered FireCloud (predec… https://t.co/CcBXL5Nl09
2 May 19
Pipelines API is used by a number of popular tools, such as Firecloud/Terra from @broadinstitute. @BroadFireCloudhttps://t.co/z06kx9PRBg
11 Apr 19
The macaque genome isn't finished so it has over 200K contigs. I call them the Rhesus pieces.
15 Mar 19
It's been years in the making, but 500k structural variants (SVs) from 15k genomes in #gnomAD are out 🎉today🎉! Pre… https://t.co/5mYCvan5ou
15 Mar 19
@fdmts @tanyacash21 and R. Munshi @broadinstitute are beginning their session on hype vs. reality in cloud capabili… https://t.co/26Pdlh7IMw
12 Mar 19

See more of our favorite tweets...