Ten European research organizations support The Helix Nebula-The Science Cloud (HNSciCloud) initiative to create a 5.3-million-euro hybrid cloud platform for the European scientific community.
The HNSciCloud is designed to meet the challenges researchers face when building information technology environments that support their projects' complete lifecycle.
"The European Cloud Initiative will unlock the value of big data by providing world-class supercomputing capability, high-speed connectivity, and leading-edge data and software services for science, industry, and the public sector," says Gunther H. Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.
A pre-commercial procurement tender says the environment must be capable of supporting many virtual machines and container configurations, offer identity and access management capabilities, and provide participants access to a spectrum of workload-specific purchasing and payment options.
Although HNSciCloud initially will benefit research organizations, access to the data stored in it will eventually be required by the private sector, in accordance with the goals of the European Commission's Digital Single Market vision.
Amazon Web Services' Brendan Bouffler says the cloud has inverted the economic model of conducting scientific research. "The big thing is that if we use cloud to help minimize the amount of money and time [scientists] spend on infrastructure, they could spend more money on scientists," he says.
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