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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.


Download now the report on the results of the Open Market Consultation


For more information about HNSciCloud please download this presentation. Check out the Prior Information Notice (PIN)! Click here​.


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.