The European Commission stands to gain significant advantages from allowing its developers and contractors to contribute to outside Free Software projects. By distributing its own programs as Free Software, the Commission can enable the interoperability gains and efficiency savings that come with reuse. Such releases also make valuable assets available to the taxpayers who paid for them, enabling further economic exploitation.
The EIROforum IT Working Group published in 2013 the e‐Infrastructure for the 21st Century document that presented a vision for an integrated set of e-Infrastructure services to support the growing needs of data intensive science. An year later EIROforum IT Working Group has released an updated version of this document: “e-Infrastructure for the 21st Century – One Year Later”
A policy vision document by the Steering Board of the European Cloud Partnership.
The European Union, like most of the world, faces economically challenging times. In such times, it becomes all the more important to recognise and seize new and unique opportunities to drive growth, stimulate innovation, and to provide benefits to citizens, businesses and public administrations. One of these opportunities is cloud computing.
This document highlights the results achieved by the Helix Nebula consortium in the last two years, in retrospect against the initial goals outlined in the strategy published in 2011. It also considers the policy developments in Europe - including the key actions targeted by the European Cloud Computing Strategy in alignment with the long term objectives of the Digital Agenda for Europe - to identify areas requiring further effort and focus in the next three years.
This document summarizes the main outcomes and the agreed roadmap resulting from the two-year Helix Nebula (HN) project contextualized with the objectives set in the “Strategic Plan for a Scientific Cloud Computing Infrastructure for Europe” published in 2011, which laid the ground for the Helix Nebula Initiative and the related EU coordination and support action.
This document provides a source of information and support for decision-making regarding the potential governance model for the Helix Nebula Initiative. It shows how the European Science Cloud could be managed and supported, once the business models are chosen and implemented.
This document provides a summary of the work achieved during the second year of the Helix Nebula pilot-phase project in the area of interoperability between commercial cloud providers and publicly funded infrastructures.
The work package delivered:
During May and September 2014 the Flagship Application Deployment activity was undertaken as part of the Helix Nebula initiative and was coordinated as part of the FP7 project activity.
During the deployments, the Flagship applications of CERN, ESA and EMBL were deployed on to the two Blue Box platforms created for the purposes of the initiative, one was open source solution (SlipStream) and the other a commercial solution (EnStratius).
Throughout the Helix Nebula initiative a number of activities have taken place to identify the requirements of the users for a brokerage platform that would meet their particular flagship application needs. Initially these requirements were formulated by the Technical Architecture Committee as a series of User Stories that were created together with the existing user communities of the initiative.