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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.

The 2016 ESFRI Roadmap recognizes Helix Nebula & HNX as part of the emerging data and cloud infrastructures

The ESFRI Roadmap 2016 identifies the new Research Infrastructures (RI) of pan-European interest corresponding to the long term needs of the European research communities, covering all scientific areas, regardless of possible location. The 2016 Roadmap consists of 21 ESFRI Projects with a high degree of maturity - including 6 new Projects - and 29 ESFRI Landmarks - RIs that reached the implementation phase by the end of 2015.

The ESFRI Roadmap 2016 was launched on 10 March 2016, in Amsterdam. The event was organized under the Dutch Presidency by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in close cooperation with ESFRI, the European Commission and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Discussions focussed on strategic roadmapping, long-term sustainability and the socio-economic impact of research infrastructures.

This last edition of the Roadmap recognizes in the section EMERGING DATA- AND CLOUD-INFRASTRUCTURES the work of the Helix Nebula Iniative and HNX:

"The Helix Nebula initiative is providing a public-private partnership by which innovative cloud service companies can work with major IT companies and public research organisations. The Helix Nebula Marketplace (HNX) is the first multi-vendor product coming out of the initiative and delivers easy and large-scale access to a range of commercial Cloud Services through the innovative open source broker technology. A series of cloud service procurement actions, including joint pre-commercial procurement co-funded by the EC, are using the hybrid public-private cloud model to federate e-infrastructures with commercial cloud services into a common platform delivering services on a pay per use basis."

Download the ESFRI Roadmap 2016 here.


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.