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Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
Specific requirements for innovation procurement (PCP/PPI) supported by Horizon 2020 grants; Directive 2014/24/EU on public procurement; General Conditions for Invitations to Tender by CERN.
Section II: Object
HNSciCloud Pre-Commercial Procurement.
This PIN is to announce an open market consultation and early announcement of the HNSciCloud Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) of a joint science cloud platform for the European research community. The cloud platform will combine several sub-challenges requiring a combination of services at the IaaS level integrated into an environment supporting the full life-cycle of science work-flows.
This PCP will develop a set of requirements for cloud services addressing the needs of a group of buyers from across Europe that serve multiple data-intensive research communities. The R&D services to be developed will need to be integrated with the resources in data centres operated by the buyers group and European-scale publicly funded e-Infrastructures using open source solutions to build a hybrid platform on which a competitive marketplace of European cloud players can develop their own services for a wider range of users beyond research and science.
R&D services to be developed will be integrated with resources in data centres operated by buyers group and European-scale publicly funded e-Infrastructures using open source solutions (see II.1.4) above).
The buyers group need a means to increase analysis capability and capacity offered to their users to keep pace with growth in scientific data that needs to be analysed. The cloud platform must be available to end-users distributed around the world in an on-demand and elastic manner with Reliability, Availability and Security (RAS). This will include providing cost-effective services exploiting capacity-style CPU cycles and online storage connected via high-speed networks that can execute a range of scientific workloads from compute intensive simulations to data intensive analysis. The core of this innovative approach lies in the federation with publicly funded e-Infrastructures based on open source solutions, to build a hybrid platform on top of which a range of higher-level user specific services can be deployed. Emphasis will be given to trusted cloud services supporting internationally recognised security standards capable of supporting an open ecosystem federating multiple suppliers.
The PCP duration is 1.1.2016 to 30.6.2018. R&D services contracts will be awarded to a number of R&D providers in parallel to compare competing solutions. This will be done in a phased approach with a framework agreement covering 3 phases (solution design, prototyping, pilot deployments made available to end users from research communities supported by buyers group) over a period of approx. 24 months.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
The open market consultation will be held at CERN on 17.3.2016. Interested parties are requested to register for the event no later than 29.2.2016 at http://cern.ch/go/7LLP
Places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. The event can also be followed online via a webcast for registered participants. Background information about the PCP and information (Q&A) provided during and as a result of the open market consultation can be retrieved from the Helix Nebula website www.helix-nebula.eu/
This PIN and the open market consultation are not part of any pre-qualification or selection process. Responding to this PIN and attending the open market consultation is not a prerequisite for participation in any subsequent procurement.
This PCP procurement receives funding under the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Horizon 2020 grant agreement No 687614 www.helix-nebula.eu/
The EU is however not participating as a contracting authority in this procurement.