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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.

Helix Nebula sharpens up Europe’s cloud market on Supercomputing online

Today the article Helix Nebula sharpens up Europe’s cloud market has been published on Supercomputing online.

Helix Nebula sharpens up Europe’s cloud market

On 27 September the European Commission outlined its new cloud strategy. The thrust of the strategy is boosting cloud uptake among the 27 member states and across the economy. The strategy includes a package of measures to build trust in cloud computing and boost a competitive digital single market. A European approach is crucial to achieving economies of scale and unleashing benefits for both providers and users.

One of the key actions in a European Cloud Partnership with industry and member states is to harness the public sector’s buying power, shape the European cloud market and increase the chances for European cloud providers to grow.

Helix Nebula is a shining example of how European commercial providers and leading research institutions have embraced the cloud to create an ecosystem for scientists and SMEs, and ultimately create a cloud market for the public sector in Europe. Helix Nebula has also established a European Cloud Partnership with clear commitment from industry and commercial providers.

The initial focus of this unique initiative is on meeting the massive IT requirements of European researchers. However, big data analytics and processing on heterogeneous resources is a challenge common to both eScience and many businesses. Helix Nebula is well placed to address these challenges by bringing together major European stakeholders. “A key goal of Helix Nebula is to develop a viable business model that ensures a sustainable and long-term facility for European scientists, businesses and governments”, explains Burkhard Neidecker-Lutz, SAP....



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.