(25/06/2012) The European Commission just took another step towards a Cloud Active Europe with the signature of a grant agreement for Helix Nebula. The Commission is giving €1.8 million in funding to this initiative which will develop cloud services in the scientific domain by partnering main research infrastructures in Europe (CERN, EMBL and ESA) with main stakeholders in the industry (e.g. Atos, T-systems, etc).
The Commission's grant will support moving flagship applications (Atlas HEP, Genomic Assembly in the Cloud and Supersites Exploitation Platform) to the cloud, while identifying business opportunities for cloud services for the scientific community.
The signature of this agreement is one step in the implementation of the Digital Agenda for Europe, which calls for the further development of e-Infrastructures and the establishment of an EU strategy for cloud computing for government and science.
Helix Nebula as a cloud partnership for science launched under the e-Infrastructures activity of FP7, is a forerunner of the forthcoming Integrated Cloud Computing Strategy for the European Union expected to be adopted by mid-July and in particular is complementary to the European Cloud Partnership to promote public sector take-up of cloud services that was announced by Neelie Kroes in Davos.
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