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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.

Service Architecture

This document outlines the current knowledge of the Helix Nebula Supply-side regarding the need for a structured Service Architecture. It introduces why such an architecture is needed. Within the Helix Nebula consortium, there are further supporting documents: The equivalent to this Introduction, but with much more detailed content; A document describing the Service catalogue structure for HN; A document describing the operational organisation of HN.


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.