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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.

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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.

This document captures the current knowledge of the Helix Nebula Technology and Architecture Group regarding the need of a federated framework to simplify discovery, access, usage and management of a federated cloud system. Alongside this objective, we aim at providing an integration framework, where current and future suppliers (i.e. cloud service providers) can easily interface their system in order to attract and receive cloud workload.

INFOaaS is subject to network effects as its value increases for each user as the number of users grows. The more data providers share data, the more complete the services will become. INFOaaS is a multisided platform ecosystem. This kind of ecosystems faces the lifecy-cle challenge of (1) fast implementation, (2) adoption, (3) scaling, and (4) competition. Those steps are applied to INFOaaS to provide a roadmap for lifecycle management.

This document captures the current knowledge of the Helix Nebula Supply-side regarding the need of a federated framework to simplify discovery, access, usage and management of a federated cloud system. Alongside this objective, we aim at providing an integration framework, where current and future suppliers (i.e. cloud service providers) can easily interface their system in order to attract and receive cloud workload.

Helix Nebula – the Science Cloud ‐ is the catalyst for major changes in the way the European research community uses IT services, including a self‐financing Public‐Private Partnership (PPP) for cloud services. It addresses a key strategic interest for the European economy; to ensure accessible, sustainable, competitive and secure infrastructure, not only for the scientific community but throughout industry and society.

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.

The project “Helix Nebula - the Science Cloud” will support the massive IT requirements of European scientists and aims to pave the way for the development and exploitation of a Cloud Computing Infrastructure, initially based on the needs of European IT-intense scientific research organisations, while also allowing the inclusion of other stakeholders’ needs (governments, businesses and citizens).

The last decade has seen a tremendous growth in e-infrastructure and related activity in a number of research communities as a result of funding by the European Commission in the 7th (and earlier) Framework Programmes and by corresponding national investments. Consequent to this investment in capacity, research communities are presented with several individually excellent, but independent – cross-layer initiatives which present researchers with sometimes inconsistent technical approaches and disjointed managerial structures to achieving a production quality infrastructure.

This document describes the context for and the outline content of the catalogue facility within the Helix Nebula Marketplace (HNX). It is intended both to provide orientation to HNX Suppliers as to what they could include and guidance to HNX Users as to what they should expect to find. The catalogue will evolve with use and this document is expected to evolve accordingly.

The purpose of this document is to report on the outcomes and impact of the Helix Nebula Communication and Dissemination Strategy of the project.

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