European Open Science Cloud Moves Forward to Pilot Phase

Following successful completion of the competitive design and prototype phases, the first European hybrid science cloud platform has moved on to its pilot phase.

Over the coming 10-15 years, the generation of vast amounts of data created by scientific research domains will create enormous challenges for capturing, managing, and processing of this data. HNSciCloud introduces an innovative hybrid model that brings together public research organizations and e‐Infrastructures with commercial cloud suppliers to offer Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to Europe’s research communities to help them cost-effectively manage the expected growth in both data and processing requirements.

To implement the first European hybrid cloud platform, ten of Europe’s leading public research organizations led by CERN - with co-funding from the European Commission - launched the HNSciCloud Pre-Commercial Procurement. Following successful completion of the competitive design and prototype phases, the project has chosen two consortia that will move forward to the pilot phase during an award ceremony that took place on February 6, in Bologna, Italy.  One of the consortia is led by the RHEA Group.

The results of the pilot phase will lead to a hybrid platform on which a competitive marketplace of European cloud players can deliver their services to a broad range of users in the research and science domain and beyond to other domains. The user community includes highly-demanding scientific laboratories and organisations, such as CERN, the world’s largest particle physics lab, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and CNRS, the French National Centre for Scientific Research.

HNSciCloud introduces an innovative hybrid model that brings together public research organizations and e‐Infrastructures with commercial cloud suppliers

The RHEA Group-led consortium includes cloud software provider SixSq, leading cloud providers T-Systems, Exoscale, Advania and data management provider Cyfronet.  The consortium will be working on the challenging needs of the European scientific community in both commercial and hybrid clouds, managing a range of applications, at scale and in a multi-cloud environment.

The consortium approach builds on the capabilities of SixSq’s Nuvla service combined with Cyfronet’s OneData to meet the challenging needs of the European science community in both commercial and hybrid clouds. T-Systems, Exoscale, and Advania provide a wide range of high-performance processing capabilities as virtual machines, including support for high-performance computing and access to graphical processing units, as well as large-scale storage capacities.

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