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Helix Nebula @ EGI Technical Forum, 16-17 September, Madrid, Spain

Helix Nebula was presented at the EGI Technical Forum in Madrid, Spain, 16-17 of September.

The event is hosted by and IBERGRID, a partnership between the Spanish and Portuguese National Grid Initiatives that represents the Iberian Peninsula in EGI.

The Helix Nebula workshop on interoperability and integration among publicly funded e-Infrastructures and commercial suppliers of cloud services was co-located with EGI Technical forum and it focused on latest developments in Helix Nebula, including a demo of the recent successful deployment of the ESA flagship application on the EGI Federated Cloud.

This event offered an opportunity to review interoperability recommendations, to discuss the status of related implementation actions, to analyse business model scenarios and to assess status and next steps of technical deployment.  In addition, it addressed options for continuing collaboration with research and education network beyond pilot phase and possible adoption of FitSM, a lightweight IT service management standard introduced by EC-funded FedSM project.

As Helix Nebula partners are planning to move into production environment during 2014, alignment of work on interoperability aspects is crucial, in order to achieve a hybrid cloud offering developed to meet the requirements of scientific communities and other categories of potential users.

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