Helix Nebula – The Science Cloud

May 10, 2017

T-Systems has been awarded the Phase 2 work order by the European Nuclear Research Center CERN for the further development of the European research cloud Helix Nebula.
Flexible computing power for Europe's research: T-Systems is extending the Helix Nebula Science Cloud on commission by CERN.
Scientific research is generating vast amounts of data which have to be recorded, managed and processed – an enormous challenge for any IT. With Helix Nebula – The Science Cloud (HNSciCloud), ten of the leading European research organizations have therefore created a platform to combine existing resources with commercial cloud capacity. Computing power and IT services will be provided by leading IT service providers, such as T-Systems, via a new hybrid cloud platform to be used in future for especially performance- and data-intensive scientific applications. The project is being headed by the European Nuclear Research Center CERN in Geneva.

New IT resources for science

T-Systems Team Helix Nebula – The Science Cloud
T-Systems Team Helix Nebula – The Science Cloud
As one of four consortia, T-Systems and the Chinese technology partner Huawei were awarded the contract by CERN in November 2016 to develop a concept for the new cloud platform based on the Open Telekom Cloud. Following the successful design phase, T-Systems was selected at the beginning of April to implement two of the three prototypes, that shall eventually lead to the establishment of two alternative platforms, with the final pilot phase set to launch in 2018. The resources of the HNSciCloud will be available in future to a broad range of research organizations in Europe, which will be able to combine this IaaS offer (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) with their own IT resources to use the benefits of a hybrid model.

The Open Telekom Cloud: flexible, secure, highly available

T-Systems' contribution to Helix Nebula is based on the Open Telekom Cloud which is hosted in the highly secure cloud data center in Biere. The flexible solution will provide researchers in the future with IT capacities from the public cloud in a timely and needs-based manner. Computing, storage, network, security and management services can be added and removed as required within a matter of minutes. In addition, the Open Telekom Cloud offers IT availability of at least 99.95 percent as well as compliance "made in Germany". The public cloud services fulfill strict German requirements for data security and data protection since all data, contracts and services are subject to German law.

Computing power for particle physics

T-Systems already provided the European Nuclear Research Center CERN in 2016 with the computing capacity of 1,000 virtual machines, storage capacity of up to 500 terabytes, and a bandwidth of 10 gigabytes per second to run data analysis on its OpenStack cloud, thus providing CERN with the means to process and store the enormous volume of experimental measured values that the detectors of the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) particle accelerator in Geneva record.