Deutsche Telekom, Huawei get go-ahead to design CERN’s European ‘science cloud’

Deutsche Telekom, T-Systems, Huawei, CERN, cloud

T-Systems and Huawei have been appointed by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) to design the pilot phase of the new Helix Nebula Science Cloud initiative, planned as a marketplace for cloud services for European scientific research.

Deutsche Telekom's enterprise arm announced earlier this year that it was involved in a three-month pilot project with CERN to investigate the viability of outsourcing physics data to a commercial cloud provider.

Its expanded remit comes after CERN successfully led a €5.3 million joint tender for the Helix Nebula Science Cloud project, which will draw together commercial cloud resources and publicly funded digital infrastructure in a hybrid cloud platform.

The project is sponsored by 10 of Europe’s leading public research organisations and co-funded by the European Commission.

T-Systems and Huawei will design a solution for the Helix Nebula Science Cloud based on the former’s Open Telekom Cloud public cloud service, launched in March.

In total, 28 multinational companies from 12 countries submitted bids in the pre-commercial procurement (PCP) tender.

Designs from four groups, including CERN’s, will compete to go through to the project’s prototyping phase.

CERN operates one of the world’s largest OpenStack private clouds, with more than 7,000 servers and 190,000 cores.

Its three-month pilot with T-Systems and Huawei sought to establish whether the Germany-based operator's Open Telecom Cloud, also based on OpenStack architecture, could enable management of data and resources between private and public clouds.

Andreas Falkner, Vice President of Open Telekom Cloud at T-Systems, said: “Following the extensive tests, it has become apparent that Open Telekom Cloud can support the high-performance and data-intensive workloads required.”

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