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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.

Press Releases

Cloud computing, innovation and open science were the keywords at the Open Day Event: Towards the European Open Science Cloud (20 January 2016).

(reprinted from SixSq with permission)

SixSq, a cloud solution provider headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, has announced it is taking over the operation, support and management of the innovative Helix Nebula Marketplace (HNX) service, building on the Helix Nebula – the Science Cloud – initiative.

Over 50 managers, cloud providers, policy makers, procurers and researchers dealing with the adoption of cloud computing gathered recently for the workshop “Enabling a Dynamic Cloud Ecosystem". The event was hosted by the European Space Agency, ESA ESRIN in Frascati, Italy and organized by the Helix Nebula Initiative - HNI ( and the newly-launched project, Procurement Innovation for Cloud Services in Europe - PICSE (, both supporting the uptake of cloud computing in Europe.

European Cloud service providers, Atos through Canopy its Cloud company, CGI, CloudSigma, EGI, Interoute, SixSq, The Server Labs and T-Systems, have agreed to support a new European Cloud Marketplace. The Helix Nebula Marketplace service will begin operations in May 2014. It builds on Helix Nebula – the Science Cloud Initiative, a pioneering partnership between big science and big business in Europe fostered by the European Commission and its Digital Agenda that charts the course towards the sustainable provision of cloud computing for science. The Helix Nebula Marketplace offers a European Cloud Marketplace service that is compliant with EU regulations and legislation through collaboration between commercial providers and public e-Infrastructures, including EGI and GÉANT.

(1st‐March‐2012) Geneva, Switzerland – Today a consortium of leading IT providers and three of Europe’s biggest research centres (CERN, EMBL and ESA) announced a partnership to launch a European cloud computing platform. ‘Helix Nebula ‐ the Science Cloud’, will support the massive IT requirements of European scientists, and become available to governmental organisations and industry after an initial pilot phase.

Helix Nebula – the science cloud, set up earlier this year to support the massive IT requirements of European scientists and create a cloud computing market for the public sector in Europe, has today announced the initial deployment of its first flagship applications in high energy physics, molecular biology and natural disaster risk management

In December of 2011, three of Europe’s most prominent research centres, CERN, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), started mapping their requirements for cloud providers and integrators.