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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.

HNSciCloud PCP Tender Results Announcement Ceremony & Design Phase kick off, 2 November 2016, Lyon, France

On the 2nd November 2016, the awards ceremony for the successful bidders of the Helix Nebula Science Cloud tender is taking place in Lyon, France, at the CC-IN2P3 (CNRS) premises, one of the main academic data centres in France and a procurer of the Helix Nebula Science Cloud (HNSciCloud).

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. The 4 winning consortia will be announced at the event and present their visions for the hybrid cloud platform.

This event marks the conclusion of the preliminary phase of the pre-commercial procurement and is 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 webcast of the event will be available at


Who can attend?

Are you interested in learning more about HNSciCloud, the Pre-Commercial Procurement process, or the Design phase of Helix Nebula? Do you want to meet the winners of the tender procedure in person? All you need to do is register here. Seats are limited.


14:30 - 16:30 Award Ceremony

14:30 - 14:40 Introduction, Pierre Etienne Macchi (CC-IN2P3 - Centre de Calcul (FR))

14:50 - 15:10 Project Overview, Bob Jones (CERN)

15:10 - 15:25 Contractor #1

15:25 - 15:40 Contractor #2

15:40 - 15:55 Contractor #3

15:55 - 16:10 Contractor #4

16:10 - 16:30 Next Steps

16:30 - 17:00 Coffee Break

17:00 - 18:00 Phase 1

17:00 - 17:30 Plan for Phase 1

17:30 - 18:00 Open Discussion

18:00 → 19:00 Networking Cocktail


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.