The international cloud workshop “Towards Cloud solutions for life sciences and translational medicine” was hosted by the Heidelberg Center for Human Bioinformatics and took place from April 21-22, 2016 at the BioQuant Center at Heidelberg University. The workshop was a platform for discussing the needs and demands for establishing a comprehensive cloud solution for computing and storage of various data types in life sciences. International experts from science and industry presented state-of-the-art solutions to meet these demands.