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HNSciCloud moves to the Prototype Phase: 3 consortia have been awarded at CERN, in Geneva

On the 3rd April 2017, the awards ceremony for the successful contractors moving to the Prototype Phase of the Helix Nebula Science Cloud Pre-Commercial Procurement took place at CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland.
Congratulations to the three winning consortia!

Contractor 1: T-Systems, Huawei, Cyfronet, Divia

Contractor 2: IBM

Contractor 3: RHEA Group, T-Systems, exoscale, SixSq

 

 

During the event, each consortia presented its plans to build the prototype of the hybrid cloud platform and important insights on the project and its next steps has been given. 

This event marked the official beginning of the prototype phase of the PCP process, during which the 3 Consortia will build their prototypes. Prototypes will be ready by the end of the year.

Around 30 people attended the event and more than 70 people followed the live webcast.

The presentations and the recordings of the event are available here.

 

 

About the HNSciCloud Pre-Commercial Procurement

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 is 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. 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).

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