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Europe’s Leading Public-Private Partnership for Cloud

The Helix Nebula Initiative is a partnership between industry, space and science to establish a dynamic ecosystem, benefiting from open cloud services for the seamless integration of science into a business environment. Today, the partnership counts over 40 public and private partners.

2 November 2016: Helix Nebula Science Cloud awards Design Phase contracts to four consortia

On the 2nd November 2016, the awards ceremony for the successful bidders of the Helix Nebula Science Cloud tender took place in Lyon, France, at the CC-IN2P3 (CNRS) premises. This €5.3 million joint Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) tender, led by CERN, will establish a European hybrid cloud platform that will support high-performance, data-intensive scientific use-cases sponsored by 10 of Europe’s leading public research organisations and co-funded by the European Commission. A total of 28 multinational companies, SMEs and public research organisations from 12 countries submitted bids during the summer. Here are the 4 winning consortia: 1. T-Systems, Huawei, Cyfronet, Divia; 2. IBM; 3. RHEA Group, T-Systems, exoscale, SixSq; 4. Indra, HP, Advania, SixSq.

This event marked the conclusion of the preliminary phase of the pre-commercial procurement and was the occasion to kick off the design phase of the Pre-Commercial Procurement that will see the four winners compete to go through to the prototyping phase. The presentations and the recording of the event are available here.


Towards the European Open Science Cloud

CERN has recently published a paper which outlines the establishment of the European Open Science Cloud that will enable digital science by introducing IT as a Service to the public research sector in Europe.
On the 23rd of April 2015, Bob Jones, CERN & HNI Co-Coordinator, was invited by the European Commission to present the ‘European Open Science Cloud’ at the 3rd Digital European Research Area (ERA) Forum meeting. The concept of open science and a European open science cloud seems to be widely accepted, but how to implement it remains largely unknown and Helix Nebula and the European Science cloud are examples that can be used to define the future structure...



Helix Nebula - The Science Cloud helps to shape the European Open Science Cloud
07 Feb 2017
On the 3rd of February 2017 renowned leading experts met the Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas to discuss the next steps of the European Open Science Cloud. Bob Jones,...
Helix Nebula Initiative to provide feedback on the e-IRG 2016 Roadmap
06 Dec 2016
CERN, on behalf of the Helix Nebula Initiative, has been requested to provide feedback on the e-IRG 2016 roadmap.



“CERN’s computing capacity needs to keep-up with the enormous amount of data coming from the Large Hadron Collider and we see Helix Nebula- the Science Cloud...
Next Generation DNA Sequencing technologies have had a huge impact on how biological and medical research are performed today. It has helped large-scale...
The European Space Agency (ESA), in partnership with the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) in France and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is...
Medical research in neurodegenerative diseases, both academic and industrial (pharmaceutical), greatly benefits from the results of MRI and PET data processing...


Helix Nebula is a new, pioneering partnership between leading IT providers and four of Europe’s biggest research centres, CERN, EMBL, ESA and PIC, charting a course towards sustainable cloud services for the research communities - the Science Cloud.