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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.


At the recently held Huawei Connect 2017, Jan Van Eldik, Resource Provisioning team leader in CERN’s IT Department, presented some of the ways CERN is investigating how to handle the rapidly growing data volumes produced by its experiments.

The event “Lecture organized by the Corvers-MSM Chair in Innovation Procurement" will take place the 20th March at 16:00 at the Maastricht School of Management in Maastricht, Netherlands by Professor Nicola Dimitri and Dr. Anne Rainville.
The meeting aims to provide an overview of the economic, legal and practical considerations behind the legal instruments designed by Europe to foster the innovation procurement.

In November 2016, 4 Consortia won the HNSciCloud tender and started to develop the designs for the hybrid cloud platform. At the beginning of February 2017, the four consortia met at CERN to present their proposals to the buyers. After the submission of their designs, the consortia were asked to prepare their bids for the prototyping phase.

On the 3rd of February 2017 renowned leading experts met the Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas to discuss the next steps of the European Open Science Cloud. Bob Jones, CERN & HNSciCloud coordinator brought to the table his experience and the major findings coming out from the HNSciCloud Pre-Commercial Procurement and from the Helix Nebula Initiative. The outcomes of the meeting will help speed up the establishment of the European Open Science Cloud and the Digital Single market.

CERN, on behalf of the Helix Nebula Initiative, has been requested to provide feedback on the e-IRG 2016 roadmap.

The experience Huawei has gained with Open Telekom Cloud in the context of Helix Nebula will prove invaluable for other future projects in the research domain. So far, Open Telekom Cloud, powered by Huawei, has enjoyed a number of successes in the Helix Nebula initiative.

HNSciCloud has recently come out with a Press Release detailing the outcomes of the Bidding Phase as established in the HNSciCloud Tender Awards Ceremony and Design Phase Kickoff held in Lyon on November 2nd, 2016.

Europe's leading e-infrastructures invited all researchers, developers and service providers for three days of brainstorming and discussions at the Digital Infrastructures for Research event (28-30 September 2016). HNSciCloud was represented at the session on Procuring cloud services for the public research sector on September 28th, chaired by David Foster.

Sept 19 – Earlier today, the Helix Nebula Science Cloud Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) Tender closed. The deadline at noon brought an end to the period in which bids on the €5.3 Million project were accepted.

Today Helix Nebula - The Science Cloud (HNSciCloud) launched a €5.3 million tender for the establishment of a European hybrid cloud platform. The purpose of the platform is to support the deployment of high-performance computing and big-data capabilities for scientific research.