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HNSciCloud moved to Pilot Phase: 2 consortia have been awarded in Bologna, Italy

On the 6th of February 2018, the awards ceremony for the successful contractors moving to Pilot Phase of the Helix Nebula Science Cloud Pre-Commecial Procurement took place in Bologna, Italy.

Congratulations to the two winning consortia!
Contractor 1: T-Systems, Huawei, Cyfronet, Divia
Contractor 2: RHEA Group, T-Systems, exoscale, SixSq


Are you interested in procuring the cloud services developed by HNSciCloud?

Join the Early Adopter Group


Since its creation in 2011, Helix Nebula has grown to become a leading public-private partnership between public research actors and cloud service providers. The initiative has undertaken its first joint Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) tender called HNSciCloud to create a common hybrid science cloud platform for the European research community. The PCP is sponsored by 10 of Europe’s leading public research organisations (CERN,  CNRS,  DESY,  EMBL-EBI,  ESRF,  IFAE, INFN, KIT, STFC, SURFSara) and co-funded by the European Commission. In addition to these procurers, a wider range of organisations has shown interest in participating in the procurement group.


This is why  HNSciCloud is pleased to launch the Early adopter group with the aim of widening the set of procurers.

Early adopter group members will benefit from the results of the HNSciCloud project which will offer them advantages as opposed to performing cloud service evaluations and procurements independently.


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).

Facts about HNSciCloud


Helix Nebula - the Science Cloud to address CERN LHC huge data issues
News - 07 Mar 2018
Interview with Tim Bell, Huawei and Compute and Monitoring Group Leader at CERN
Interested in procuring the cloud services developed by HNSciCloud? Join the Early Adopter Group!
News - 09 Jan 2018
HNSciCloud is pleased to launch the Early Adopter Group of research organisations that have expressed an interest in becoming procurers for the resulting services of the project.
Launching the Helix Nebula Science Cloud Pilot Phase webcast, 6 February 2018, Bologna, Italy
News - 12 Dec 2017
In November 2016, 4 Consortia won the HNSciCloud Pre-Com

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