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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.

Helix Nebula Partners

Atos SE (Societas europaea) is an international information technology services company with annual 2013 revenue of EUR 8.6 billion and over 76,000 employees in 47 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers Hi-Tech Transactional Services, Consulting & Technology Services, Systems Integration and Managed Services. Atos’ cloud services are delivered by Canopy.

CERN is the world’s largest particle physics lab and home of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s most powerful accelerator providing research facilities for HEP researchers across the globe.

CloudEO AG, created in 2012 and based in Munich (Germany), brings data, software and processing power together within a secure and highly scalable Geo-Infrastructure to develop, produce and market geo-services.

CloudSigma AG is a public Infrastructure‐as‐a‐Service (IaaS) provider offering a virtual data center product through a public cloud delivery mechanism.

Cloudwatt is a Public Cloud Service Provider offering use cases like calculation and big data to help  the Helix-Nebula initiative at the most effective cost. Cloudwatt was created in 2012  (shareholder as of March 2015 : Orange). Cloudwatt is the french public cloud based on Openstack platform with a pay-per-use model, full secured and localized. Its mission is to provide a European alternative to cloud computing offerings, focusing on data localization, security, transparency, monitoring, reversibility, and associated cost.

The National Research Council (CNR) is the main public research entity in Italy aimed at carrying out, promoting, transferring and improving research activities in key areas of the knowledge-based economy.

The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Centre for Scientific Research) is a government-funded research organisation, under the administrative authority of France's Ministry of Research. CNRS's annual budget represents a quarter of French public spending on civilian research. As the largest fundamental research organisation in Europe, CNRS carries out research in all fields of knowledge, through its ten CNRS Institutes.

DataCentred is a leading provider of next-generation data centre and open-source cloud computing services focusing on clients with big research data sets.  We combine colocation with powerful computer processing, advanced storage solutions and excellent network connectivity.

DESY is one of the world’s leading accelerator centres. Researchers use the large-scale facilities at DESY to explore the microcosm in all its variety – from the interactions of tiny elementary particles and the behaviour of new types of nanomaterials to biomolecular processes that are essential to life.

The Deutsche Börse Cloud Exchange (DBCE) is a vendor-neutral marketplace for cloud resources. DBCE was founded in May 2013 as a subsidiary of the Deutsche Börse Group and Zimory GmbH. In a predominantly proprietary and supplier-driven cloud market, the exchange of the DBCE provides more balance between supply and demand, along with efficiency in trading of resources. The resulting flexibility enables the players offering and seeking cloud computing to maximize the added value of their deliverables and services.