The European Molecular Biology Laboratory said this week that it is partnering with the European Organization for Nuclear Research, the European Space Agency, and commercial information technology providers to launch a cloud computing platform dubbed Helix Nebula – the Science Cloud.
According to the consortium, the cloud will initially support the IT requirements of academic European scientists and will be made available to governmental organizations and industry once a two-year pilot has been completed.
During the pilot, Helix Nebula will be deployed and tested on three flagship projects proposed by CERN, EMBL, and ESA.
For its part, EMBL will use the resource to deploy a cloud-based whole-genome assembly and annotation pipeline. The infrastructure will be available to scientists at EMBL and around the world, the group said.
The consortium is open to interested scientific organizations and service providers.
Other partners include Atos, Capgemini, CloudSigma, Interoute, Logica, Orange Business Services, SAP, SixSq, Telefonica, Terradue, Thales, the Server Labs and T-Systems, along with the Cloud Security Alliance, the OpenNebula Project, and the European Grid Infrastructure.