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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.

D7.3 Costing exercise comparing in-house vs. cloud based operation for the CERN flagship use-case and incorporation of qualitative cloud adoption criteria targeting prospect members

This deliverable specifically aims to compare the TCO of current on premise deployments at CERN with potentially outsourced on demand instances offered by the participating suppliers. Originally, the use cases of the flagships were supposed to be taken as reference to perform this exercise. Because of divergent specifications compared to the HN Market Place, which was set up in January 2014, it would not have been very beneficial. Therefore, we reached out for alternatives and identified CERN, an initial member of HN, as reference case.


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.