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Helix Nebula @ IFIP/ IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network management, Ghent, 27-31 May 2013

Mick Symonds of Atos presented the service architecture within Helix Nebula at the 8th IFIP/IEEE International Workshop on Business-Driven IT Management (see:, which was held at the IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Network Management (IM 2013, at the University of Ghent in Belgium, on 27 May 2013.
BDIM grew originally out of the network/systems management community but is trying to take a more holistic approach to management, less technical and more driven by business objectives (though most people come from the technical side initially). People come from very different research groups, but are open minded on trying to link network and systems management as well as service management better to business objectives.
The presentation on the service architecture within Helix Nebula, entitled “Developing a Service Architecture in federated clouds” and based on our standard presentation material, addressed the initiative as a whole, the need for a service architecture, the documentation produced, its initial implementation and the need for further federation. It stimulated a lively discussion and a number of invitations to continue the dialogue later in other forums.


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.