Interested in bidding for the HNSciCloud tender? Read the results of the Open Market Consultation!

16 June 2016 online version


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This edition of the HNSciCloud newsletter brings you the latest on the upcoming tender, the results of the Open Market Consultation event held in March and gives you insights into the procurement of cloud services for the research sector.

HNSciCloud tender to launch in summer 2016

HNSciCloud is a joint pre-commercial procurement between 10 leading research organisations in 7 countries that will enable the set-up of a new, hybrid cloud platform supporting the deployment of high-performance computing and big-data capabilities for scientific research. Members of the HNSciCloud collaboration have joined forces to define the requirements, and will launch a tender in July 2016, which will be announced in a follow-up communication to this newsletter. See the Prior Information Notice on the European Commission’s Europa website.

What is the tender about?

HNSciCloud is a European Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project co-funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 Work Programme. Its members are committed to building a hybrid cloud platform through which to deploy a range of applications involving high performance computing and large datasets. Designed to facilitate scientific research, the cloud platform will address challenges that require a combination of services at the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) level, integrated with an environment that supports the full life-cycle of diverse scientific workflows. The hybrid cloud platform will be set up through a joint pre-commercial procurement. Spread the word!
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Open Market Consultation results now available

CERN, the HNSciCloud lead procurer, organised an Open Market Consultation to analyse the market readiness of the requirements set up by its procurers. Held on 17 March 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland, the event enabled cloud providers and procurers to assess the value and risks pertaining to a series of suggested use cases in order to determine both the feasibility and potential innovation of the envisaged services. Over 40 representatives of European cloud service providers joined the event.

The report with the results of the Open Market Consultation is now available and includes:

  • Prioritized use cases;
  • Refined reference architecture for the prototype;
  • Value–Risk matrix, mapped based on prioritized sources of risk;
  • Defined evaluation criteria for phases 1, 2 and 3.

Cloud service providers please note: This report is a must-read, feedback collected will define the tender specifications!

Building the European Open Science Cloud webcast: Watch it now!

Organised by the Joint Research Centres (JRC), the “Building the European Open Science Cloud” webcast, held on 26 May 2016, focused on the characteristics essential to a European Open Science Cloud, specifically addressing innovative procurement of cloud services for research organisations.

The lecture, given by Bob Jones (CERN), drew on the speaker’s experience in the Helix Nebula, PICSE and the HNSciCloud projects.

Watch the webcast here

Picture courtesy of the European Commission Joint Research Centre


Who's behind HNSciCloud?

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