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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.

Helix Nebula @ 3rd Annual European Cloud Computing Conference, 9 April 2014, Brussels

Head of CERN's OpenLab Project, Mr. Bob Jones, presented Helix Nebula at the 3rd Annual European Cloud Computing Conference in the 9th of April 2014 in Central Brussels.

Bob Jones presented Helix Nebula as part of a panel discussion where guidance for the use of commercial cloud services by public organisations was debated with service providers and EC directorates including DG Justice, DG Enterprise and DG CONNECT. The importance of Helix Nebula’s federated approach to the recent ECP Steering Group publication “Trusted Cloud for Europe” was highlighted during the discussions.


The European Cloud Computing conference is established as a leading forum for debate on issues related to Cloud Computing.  The conference, which brought together over 250 policy-makers and stakeholders from industry, government, academia and the press, was this year focus on the development of a Single Cloud Computing Market.

The third annual European Cloud Computing Conference also discussed the necessary measures to restore trust in the technology following the PRISM revelations in Summer 2013 and how Europe can become the world cloud trusted region through standards and transparency guidelines. It was focused on analysing how cloud Computing solutions can support innovation in the context of policy objectives linked to Horizon2020, and examineing how crucial the activities linked to the European Cloud Computing Partnership are in order to drive growth in Europe.

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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.