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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.


Throughout the Helix Nebula initiative a number of activities have taken place to identify the requirements of the users for a brokerage platform that would meet their particular flagship application needs. Initially these requirements were formulated by the Technical Architecture Committee as a series of User Stories that were created together with the existing user communities of the initiative.

During May and September 2014 the Flagship Application Deployment activity was undertaken as part of the Helix Nebula initiative and was coordinated as part of the FP7 project activity.

During the deployments, the Flagship applications of CERN, ESA and EMBL were deployed on to the two Blue Box platforms created for the purposes of the initiative, one was open source solution (SlipStream) and the other a commercial solution (EnStratius).

This document provides a summary of the work achieved during the second year of the Helix Nebula pilot-phase project in the area of interoperability between commercial cloud providers and publicly funded infrastructures.
The work package delivered:

This document provides a source of information and support for decision-making regarding the potential governance model for the Helix Nebula Initiative. It shows how the European Science Cloud could be managed and supported, once the business models are chosen and implemented.

This document summarizes the main outcomes and the agreed roadmap resulting from the two-year Helix Nebula (HN) project contextualized with the objectives set in the “Strategic Plan for a Scientific Cloud Computing Infrastructure for Europe” published in 2011, which laid the ground for the Helix Nebula Initiative and the related EU coordination and support action.

This document highlights the results achieved by the Helix Nebula consortium in the last two years, in retrospect against the initial goals outlined in the strategy published in 2011. It also considers the policy developments in Europe - including the key actions targeted by the European Cloud Computing Strategy in alignment with the long term objectives of the Digital Agenda for Europe - to identify areas requiring further effort and focus in the next three years.

A policy vision document by the Steering Board of the European Cloud Partnership.

The European Union, like most of the world, faces economically challenging times. In such times, it becomes all the more important to recognise and seize new and unique opportunities to drive growth, stimulate innovation, and to provide benefits to citizens, businesses and public administrations. One of these opportunities is cloud computing.

Presentation by Bob Jones, CERN & Helix-Nebula & PICSE coordinator, at the European Research e-Infrastructures and Innovation Clusters workshop, 3 October 2014, Brussels, Belgium

Maryline Lengert, Senior Advisor in the IT department of the European Space Agency (ESA) and co-leader of the Helix Nebula, the Science Cloud initiative, presented the latest updates on the Helix Nebula Initiative (HNI) at the International User Advisory Committee (IUAC) meeting that took place on the 2nd of December 2014.

Presentation by Wolfgang Lengert (ESA) at the HEPTech Academia Meets Industry on Big Data ICT1, Budapest, 31 March 2015