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Helix Nebula @ the 4th Cloud Computing World Forum, 12-13 June, London

On the 12-13 June 2012, Bob Jones, from CERN's IT department, was invited to present Helix Nebula at the Cloud Computing World Forum, Earls Court, London.
The Cloud Computing World Forum is an industry event with several thousand participants. The programme had a number of parallel sessions and a continuous exhibition.
Main highlights from the programme:

  • John Sculley, former CEO of Apple and Pepsi, explained how the principles implemented at Apple are key to designing successful products today and what he saw as essential drivers for the market:     Make use of clouds and mobile devices, Offer Enterprise collaboration, Exploit Big Data;
  • Megan Richards, Acting Deputy Director for DG INFSO at the EC talked about the EC’s plans to support cloud computing. She highlighted the amount of money (more than €400M) already invested in cloud R&D and the upcoming calls this summer. Key issues they want address include the legal framework and standardisation which are seen by all stakeholders as being barriers to further uptake. (Read the talk)

Bob Jones presented CERN's cloud activities and so profited from the occasion to present Helix Nebula. Download the presentation here. The event was also the occasion to meet a number of potential service providers (many of which were SMEs).
Morover, Bob Jones was interviewed by The Register. The interview is available 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.