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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.


This report will focus on the activities and outcomes of work package 3 with regard to the gathering of infrastructure and service requirements. We aim to document the learning process and summarise our findings and improvements to the process. The objective was to use the knowledge and experience of both the participating research organisations and commercial cloud service providers to develop a requirements framework that would address the technical and non-technical expectations of the demand-side and the capabilities of the supply-side.

This report provides an Initial Evaluation of the three Proof of Concept deployments, held in the first half of 2012, based on the Success Criteria defined as part of Work Pack age 5. The three flagship applications selected for the Proof of Concept cover a varying number of Use Cases. Each flagship presented differing challenges for the Cloud Service providers during the migration of the application to the cloud infrastructure.

This “D4.2 Cloud Provisioning: case histories of decisions taken” report focuses on the Demand side requirements and Supply side offerings, thus far in the project to document it for further developments. It presents methods implemented for matching requirements to possible supply combinations in each flagship use-case and the workflow for “on-boarding” a use case onto a required set of services.

This document reports on the activities carried out in Helix Nebula, during the first year of the project, to investigate, identify and analyse interoperability and integration concerns between publicly funded e-Infrastructures and commercial cloud providers. The report has been structured around interoperability levels as described in the European Interoperability Framework and it also includes a specific analysis concerning different business cases and operational scenarios of interoperating service architectures.

The description and analysis of business processes in this deliverable define the framework and restrictions for the definition of potential business models. In this context it was essential to uncover mismatches and to define next steps in order to combine procurement processes on the demand side (segment restricted to big science) and the offer creation processes of the supply side (commercial cloud service providers).

This document aims to consolidate the lessons learned from the three proof of concept (PoC) Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) environments, with the scope of offering compute power to ESA, CERN and EMBL in a utilitarian way making compute power a commodity such as water, electricity and power.

Flagship use cases for the purposes of this document are European scientific computing infrastructure and services requirements.This document provides a template for assessment of potential flagship use cases to be considered for the Strategic Plan for a Scientific Cloud Computing infrastructure for Europe. This Cloud Infrastructure includes European R&D Cloud Computing Infrastructure that serves the need of European Research Area (ERA) and Space Agencies. Existing participants from the European research community include CERN, ESA and EMBL.

‘Helix Nebula – the science cloud’, has been established to support the massive IT requirements of European scientists and create a cloud computing market for the public sector in Europe. Collaboration between big science and big business, Helix Nebula joins the forces of leading IT providers and three of Europe’s biggest research centers.