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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.

What's new? HNSciCloud: Bridging Cloud Computing Innovation & Open Science

HNSciCloud is the recently launched (Jan 2016) European Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project co-funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 Programme. It aims to create a competitive marketplace of innovative cloud services serving scientific users from a wide range of domains. The marketplace builds on a hybrid cloud platform including commercial cloud service providers, publicly funded e-infrastructures and buyers' in-house resources.

To achieve these objectives HNSciCloud will issue a public tender in 2016. Therefore, the HNSciCloud consortium invites all interested European public-private cloud service providers to join the HNSciCloud Pre-Commercial Procurement Open Market Consultation at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.
Stakeholders interested in attending the Open Market Consultation event are invited to complete the following Application Form by Monday 29th February 2016.

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Towards the European Open Science Cloud

CERN has recently published a paper which outlines the establishment of the European Open Science Cloud that will enable digital science by introducing IT as a Service to the public research sector in Europe.
On the 23rd of April 2015, Bob Jones, CERN & HNI Co-Coordinator, was invited by the European Commission to present the ‘European Open Science Cloud’ at the 3rd Digital European Research Area (ERA) Forum meeting. The concept of open science and a European open science cloud seems to be widely accepted, but how to implement it remains largely unknown and Helix Nebula and the European Science cloud are examples that can be used to define the future structure...



European Commission awards its first Cloud contracts
08 Feb 2016
The award decision for the first Call for Tender for Cloud Services (CLOUD I) was signed. The European Commission received 20 offers from 12 tenderers: 7 offers for Lot one, 9 offers for Lot two and...
The Helix Nebula Initiative welcomes HNSciCloud
11 Jan 2016
Driven by the Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) commitment of leading research organisations from across Europe, HNSciCloud creates a competitive marketplace of innovative cloud services serving...



“CERN’s computing capacity needs to keep-up with the enormous amount of data coming from the Large Hadron Collider and we see Helix Nebula- the Science Cloud...
Next Generation DNA Sequencing technologies have had a huge impact on how biological and medical research are performed today. It has helped large-scale...
The European Space Agency (ESA), in partnership with the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) in France and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is...
Medical research in neurodegenerative diseases, both academic and industrial (pharmaceutical), greatly benefits from the results of MRI and PET data processing...



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.