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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.

HNSciCloud Pre-Commercial Procurement Open Market Consultation (OMC)

On the 17th of March 2016, CERN hosted the HNSciCloud Pre-Commercial Procurement Open Market Consultation (OMC) event.

The event brought together over 40 representatives of European public-private cloud service providers. The main objective of the Pre-Commercial Procurement Open Market Consultation was to announce the joint science cloud platform for the European research community. The cloud platform will combine several sub-challenges requiring a combination of services at the IaaS level integrated into an environment supporting the full life-cycle of science work-flows.

The PCP will develop a set of requirements for cloud services addressing the needs of a group of buyers from across Europe that serve multiple data-intensive research communities. The R&D services to be developed will need to be integrated with the resources in data centres operated by the buyers group and European-scale publicly funded e-Infrastructures using open source solutions to build a hybrid platform on which a competitive marketplace of European cloud players can develop their own services for a wider range of users beyond research and science.


Check out the Prior Information Notice (PIN)! Click here​.

For more information about HNSciCloud please download this presentation.

Information session (10:00 -12:00)





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.