Best wishes from HNSciCloud Team - 2018 will be the year of pilot phase

23 November 2016 online version



From prototype to pilot: Note the 6th of February 2018 in your diary!

The Helix Nebula – the Science Cloud is a €5.3 million Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) action that is developing a hybrid cloud platform to link together commercial cloud service providers and research organisations’ in-house IT resources via the GÉANT network. The platform offers data management and compute services accessible via eduGAIN and ELIXIR federated identity and access management systems with support services, account management facilities, documentation and training.

After the successful award of the tender to 4 consortia of European suppliers, implementation of the platform began and 2017 saw two key phases: the design of the solution and the prototyping of implementations. Out of the four consortia initially awarded design contracts, three were selected for the prototype phase which officially came to an end in December 2017.

Three reviews of the progress of the prototypes took place in 2017 which allowed the Buyers Group, 10 research organisations from across Europe, to test the platform performance against the needs of use-cases ( from 7 ESFRI research infrastructures. The capacity procured by the 10 research organisations from the commercial cloud service providers to support these use-cases during 2018 will exceed 20,000 cores and 2 petabytes of storage with a network bandwidth of 40Gbs.

By February 2018 two of the prototypes will be selected to move to the Pilot Phase.

Interested in discovering more about the successful prototypes? Join the “Launching the Helix Nebula Science Cloud Pilot Phase” webcast on 6 February 2018 at 2pm at


2018: The year of the Adopters

In 2017, HNSciCloud promoted the common hybrid science cloud platform currently under development to groups of research communities, organisations and ESFRI research infrastructures across Europe resulting in a number of requests from organisations wishing to join the procurement group. This is why HNSciCloud is pleased to launch the Early Adopter Group with a view to widening the set of procurers.

The Early Adopter Group will be made of research organisations wishing to become procurers for the resulting HNSciCloud services, and wishing to take advantage of all of the benefits related to joint procurement.

Apply now!

Please visit to discover the conditions and key steps for the procurement implementation and send your expression of interest to


Putting the EOSC into practice

In 2017 HNSciCloud contributed significantly to accelerating the establishment of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) by addressing a set of topics (joint procurement and business models, collaboration between public and private sector, etc.) that will be key to its future governance. Instead of just discussing these aspects, HNSciCloud went a step further by concretely testing these models, effectively putting the EOSC into practice.

In 2017 HNSciCloud has progressed to the point that groups of research organisations now have access to a range of innovative commercial services integrated with Europe’s publicly funded e-infrastructures, as envisaged by the European Open Science Cloud declaration resulting from the summit in June 2017.

We are working on a short, animated video that explains how HNSciCloud can speed up the EOSC establishment. The video will be released in early February: Stay tuned!




Who's behind HNSciCloud?

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