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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.

HN in the Media

Interview with Maryline Lengert,ESA, 19 September, GIGAOM. Since the European cloud market was lagging behind the needs of research agencies like the European Space Agency and CERN, they decided to jump-start the market by creating their own federated cloud.

Interview with Sverre Jarp, iSGTW, 18 September, 2013. iSGTW speaks to CERN openlab’s Sverre Jarp, ahead of this month’s inaugural ISC Big Data conference in Heidelberg, Germany. Jarp, who is the general chair of the event, picks his highlights from the conference program and tells us why big data presents exciting opportunities, but also poses challenges, for enterprise and HPC alike.

Interview with Bob Jones, EC Futurium website, 11 September 2013. In this interview, Bob Jones shares the experience of CERN openlab’s collaboration with industry, highlights barriers in developing worldwide cloud computing platform and sheds some light on possible the future of Scientific Computing and Big Data.

Interview with Bob Jones, The Register, 14 June 2012. Physics boffinry centre extraordinaire CERN would love to be processing its reams of research data in the cloud, if only Europe would hurry up with a regulatory framework. Bob Jones, head of openlab at CERN, said that not having standards and a legal framework in place that applies across Europe is holding up its move to the cloud.

(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.

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