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The HNSciCloud Pre-Commercial Procurement tender is out: bid now!

The Helix Nebula – the Science Cloud is a €5.3 million Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) tender for the establishment of a European hybrid cloud platform to support the deployment of high-performance computing and big-data capabilities for scientific research.

It covers the procurement of R&D services for the design, prototype development and pilot use of innovative cloud services. The tender will be operated as a competitive development with contracts in each phase (design, prototype, pilot) being awarded to multiple contractors using Most Economically Advantageous Tender (MEAT) criterion. Contractors will not be required to integrate their services with those of competing Contractors. The innovative cloud services provided through the platform will be designed and implemented to address a set of challenges that require a combination of services at the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) level:

  • Compute and Storage – support a range of virtual machines and container configurations working with datasets in the petabyte range;
  • Network Connectivity and Federated Identity Management – provide high-end network capacity for the whole platform with common identity and access management;
  • Service Payment Models - explore a range of purchasing options to determine the most appropriate ones for the scientific application workloads that will be deployed.

The procured cloud services will be integrated with the procurers’ in-house resources and publicly funded e-Infrastructures to provide a hybrid platform for end-users from a wide range of scientific fields (See the HNSciCloud User Groups).

Access to the Tender Documents

To access the tender documents, please click on the following link


Questions pertaining to the Tender Documents must be written in English in the form available here: Appendix 7 and must be received by CERN no later than 02 September 2016 at 14:00 (European Central Time). See tender documents for details on how to submit questions. Questions will be dealt with and answered no later than 07 September 2016 at the HNSciCloud Phase 1 Tender Information Day that will take place at CERN in Geneva. No additional questions pertaining to Phase 1 will be allowed, nor answered after the Information Day.


How to bid on the tender

Participation in the tendering procedure is open on equal terms to all types of economic operators from any country in the world, regardless of their geographic location, size or governance structure. However, a minimum of 50 % of the contracted R&D services must be performed in the EU Member States or countries associated to the European Union Framework Programme HORIZON 2020.

The deadline for the submission of bids is 19 September 2016 at 12:00 hrs (CEST).

To access the tender documents, click on the following link


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Who's behind HNSciCloud?

HNSciCloud Pre-Commercial Procurement is driven by ten leading research organisations from across Europe.