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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.

Publications

Membership Guidelines for Helix Nebula, the Science Cloud

The presentation gives an overview of the Helix Nebula initiative highlighting its role in establishing a Scientific Cloud Computing Infrastructure for Europe.

The presentation gives an overview of the Helix Nebula initiative focussing on the timeline of the project and the deployment of three flagship use cases.

Flagship use cases for the purposes of this document are European scientific computing infrastructure and services requirements.This document provides a template for assessment of potential flagship use cases to be considered for the Strategic Plan for a Scientific Cloud Computing infrastructure for Europe. This Cloud Infrastructure includes European R&D Cloud Computing Infrastructure that serves the need of European Research Area (ERA) and Space Agencies. Existing participants from the European research community include CERN, ESA and EMBL.

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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.

This document aims to consolidate the lessons learned from the three proof of concept (PoC) Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) environments, with the scope of offering compute power to ESA, CERN and EMBL in a utilitarian way making compute power a commodity such as water, electricity and power.

The description and analysis of business processes in this deliverable define the framework and restrictions for the definition of potential business models. In this context it was essential to uncover mismatches and to define next steps in order to combine procurement processes on the demand side (segment restricted to big science) and the offer creation processes of the supply side (commercial cloud service providers).

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