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T-Systems connects Europe’s researchers

A science cloud will connect 1.7 million researchers and 70 million scientists in Europe. Telekom subsidiary T-Systems has won the contract for operating the major prestige project.

28 Feb. 2018 David Schahinian
Source: CERN
Source: CERN

The Helix Nebula , as the hybrid cloud platform is called, was developed in 2017 and has proven to be much more convincing in practice than four competing solutions. T-Systems states it will operate a multi-cloud solution as a pilot project based on the Open Telekom Cloud. The software comes from SixSq , and Swiss cloud provider Exoscale will provide up to 10,000 CPUs and 1 PM of memory in the next nine months. Research institutes from all over Europe can combine Helix Nebula with their own IT resources and solutions according to a press release by T-Systems .

The science cloud is much needed as universities and other institutes are no longer able to provide the memory and computing capacities their researchers need on their own. Ten research institutes led by the European Organization for Core Research (CERN) invited tenders for such a platform in 2016 for this reason. Now, Deutsche Telekom is under an obligation: Among other things, the company has guaranteed availability of 99.95%.

Telekom is also engaged elsewhere: It wants to enter a strategic partnership with German Internet of Things (IoT) start-up Relayr , as Christina Kyriasoglou from gruenderszene.de reports. Collaboration with Telekom would aim to digitize German SMEs according to Relayr CEO Josef Brunner. The start-up provides enterprise middleware and IoT solutions for the digital transformation.