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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.

D7.2 Synthesis and Analysis of Overall Business Models

This document provides a synthesis and analysis of business models for the further development of the Helix Nebula initiative resulting in seven potential business models with and without specific broker roles. Overarching and specific broker roles are required to manage the Helix Nebula ecosystem more effectively as bilateral communications cause higher risks and costs. The description of the roles and the business models follow a defined qualitative framework incorporating amongst others abstract costs, margins and risk assessment criteria. The business model concepts were developed in close collaboration with representatives of the Helix Nebula supply side in two strategy workshops. An evaluation based on structured interviews with twelve cloud computing experts with a business background from SAP and the Helix Nebula supply side revealed that the business model with the highest revenue potential is “Information as a Service”.


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.