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Helix Nebula @ Cloud for Europe event, 14-15 November 2013, Berlin

Atos, ESA and T-Systems attended the Cloud for Europe event in Berlin on 14-15 November 2013.

Atos&ESA presented Helix Nebula in session 4 "Cloud computing services and market place”.

A number of members of the Helix Nebula initiative attended the Cloud for Europe conference, subtitled Readiness for cloud computing in the European public sector, on 14-15 November at the Fraunhofer Fokus premises in Berlin; (see also Attendees included, from ESA: Maryline Lengert; from Atos: Mick Symonds, Johan Louter, Josep Martrat; from T-Systems: Jurry de la Mar;  
In general, there were a few hundred attendees; from a straw poll at the beginning of the event, they were mainly from the industry but there were also many from public service, appearing to be from across Europe. Keynote speeches from Toomas Ilves, President of Estonia and chair of the European Cloud Partnership, and from Neelie Kroes of the European Commission, followed. Both addressed the need for levels of integrity and trust in cloud services to be taken up by public service organisations and that the recent PRISM disclosures had made that even more apparent. Both referred to the European Cloud Partnership as a means to encourage progress,  especially to permit the economic boost that cloud could provide; the potential creation of a Shared Data Area (or Schengen for cloud) was mentioned by many speakers; the talk concetrated on taking chances and exploiting opportunities, rather than just avoiding risks.
Over the two days a six panel sessions followed, with a variety of speakers from members states, the European Commission, academia and industry. Subjects included: Towards a single European market, Public sector cloud for Europe, The role of cloud computing in the digital service infrastructure, and The way ahead for cloud for Europe. Each session was followed by a lively Q&A session.
Mario Campolargo, Director of DG Connect of the EC, made mention of Helix Nebula, and that data was key for scientists. During the session on Digital Service Infrastructure, Maryline Lengert of ESA described Helix Nebula, based on our now-standard presentation material, and Johan Louter of Atos Canopy described the shared ambition to create a Helix Nebula marketplace.
The overall impression was that everyone present was in favour of cloud service in a European context, but that there were myriad views on how it should be achieved.

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