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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.

About HNSciCloud


The HNSciCloud is a European pre-commercial procurement (PCP) project co-funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 Work Programme, which kicked-off in January 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 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 procurers’ in-house resources.

HNSciCloud will launch a tender call for innovative cloud services.

The Prior Information Notice (PIN) is out! Click here​.

This PIN is to announce the Pre-Commercial Procurement Open Market Consultation (OMC) event, on 17 March 2016, in Geneva, Switzerland and early announcement of the HNSciCloud Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) of a joint science cloud platform for the European research community. The cloud platform will combine several sub-challenges requiring a combination of services at the IaaS level integrated into an environment supporting the full life-cycle of science work-flows.

This PCP will develop a set of requirements for cloud services addressing the needs of a group of buyers from across Europe that serve multiple data-intensive research communities. The R&D services to be developed will need to be integrated with the resources in data centres operated by the buyers group and European-scale publicly funded e-Infrastructures using open source solutions to build a hybrid platform on which a competitive marketplace of European cloud players can develop their own services for a wider range of users beyond research and science.

For more information about HNSciCloud please download this presentation.



Who's behind HNSciCloud?


HNSciCloud has received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 Programme under grant agreement No 687614.


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.