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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.


This document captures the current knowledge of the Helix Nebula Technology and Architecture Group regarding the need of a federated framework to simplify discovery, access, usage and management of a federated cloud system. Alongside this objective, we aim at providing an integration framework, where current and future suppliers (i.e. cloud service providers) can easily interface their system in order to attract and receive cloud workload.

The document presents the vision, the concept and the direction for forming a European Industrial Strategy for a Scientific Cloud Computing Infrastructure to be implemented by 2020. This document will be the Helix Nebula's framework for decisions and for securing support and approval in establishing, initially, an R&D European Cloud Computing Infrastructure that serves the need of European Research Area (ERA1) and Space Agencies.

The parties to this Non-Disclosure Agreement being hereinafter referred to separately as "Party" and collectively as the "Parties"

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