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Welcome to the first edition of the HNSciCloud newsletter!

HNSciCloud is a European Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) project co-funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 Work Programme. Driven by the commitment of leading research organisations from across Europe, HNSciCloud aims to create a hybrid cloud platform that can be used to deploy a massive amount of applications to perform high performance computing on large datasets. The cloud  platform  will  combine  several  sub-challenges  requiring  a  combination  of  services at the IaaS level, integrated into an environment supporting the full life-cycle of science workflows.

The platform will be set up through a joint pre-commercial procurement. 10 leading research organisations from 7 European countries (the buyers) have joined forces and funds to define the requirements for the hybrid cloud platform. These requirements will become a tender that will be launched by HNSciCloud in the next weeks. All the cloud service providers with an operational office in Europe can apply for the tender. More about HNSciCloud.

The results of the HNSciCloud Pre-Commercial Procurement Open Market Consultation (OMC) are now available

To verify the  market  readiness of the requirements identified by the buyers, on the 17th of March 2016, CERN, the HNSciCloud leading procuring authority, organised an Open Market Consultation in Geneva that brought together over 40 representatives of European public-private cloud service providers.

The day was dedicated to discuss the requirements that HNSciCloud buyers have collected to define the future hybrid cloud platform. In particular, the role of the suppliers was to estimate the risks of the use cases proposed to do a pre-assessment of the feasibility and of the innovation of the envisaged solution.

The report with the results of the Open Market Consultation is now available!

It includes:

  • Main use cases prioritized
  • Reference architecture for the prototype refined
  • Value-Risk matrix mapped based on prioritized sources of risk
  • Evaluation criteria for phases 1, 2 and 3 defined

If you are a cloud service provider this is a must read report as the feedback collected during the OMC will be taken into account  to  define  the  tender  specifications! 

Everything you want to know about procurement of cloud services in public research sector: JRC lecture, tomorrow at 1 pm CEST

The European Commission has committed to establish an Open Science Cloud starting in 2016 for European researchers and their global scientific collaborators by integrating and consolidating e-infrastructure platforms, federating existing scientific clouds and research infrastructures, and supporting the development of cloud-based services.

Building on the experience of Helix Nebula, PICSE and HNSciCloud projects, Bob Jones, CERN, will explore the essential characteristics of a European Open Science Cloud with focus on innovative procurement of cloud services for research organisations.

The webinar takes place on the 26th of May 2016 at 1 pm CEST via the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) streaming channel
Do not miss it!


Helix Nebula – The Science Cloud with Grant Agreement 687614 is a Pre-Commercial Procurement Action funded by H2020 Framework Programme. You are receiving this newsletter because you are a member of the PICSE & Helix Nebula online communities or because you attended the Open Market Consultation. If you do not wish to receive future newsletters please send an email to


Who's behind HNSciCloud?

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