The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) won the ‘Outstanding Innovation in ICT Procurement’ at the Procura+ Awards 2019 for its coordination role in pre-commercial procurement of innovative open cloud data storage services. The awards ceremony took place on 24 September at the Nordic Edge Expo in Stavanger, Norway.
The award entry focused on CERN’s role in the Helix Nebula Science Cloud pre-commercial procurement, which ran from January 2016 to December 2018. The project developed and piloted hybrid cloud platforms to meet the growing requirements of ten leading European research centres with applications and datasets successfully deployed from astronomy, high energy physics, life sciences and photon/neutron sciences. CERN was the coordinator and lead procurer in the project.
Bob Jones, representing CERN’s IT Department, said that he is “proud that Helix Nebula Science Cloud has shown Europe how world class companies can develop innovative cloud services. Many companies invested in the pre-commercial procurement actions and I thank them all.”
Joshua Davison, Procurement Officer at CERN, said: “one of our biggest challenges in the CERN Procurement Service is incentivising companies to invest in the technologies needed to build and operate CERN’s infrastructure. Winning this award shows that we are able to meet this challenge using the pre-commercial procurement instrument.”
CERN is currently acting as the coordinator and lead procurer for two other pre-commercial procurement actions. ARCHIVER is focused on cloud-based data archival and preservation services in the Petabyte range for public research institutes. The ARCHIVER request for tender is expected to launch in October 2019. QUACO, currently in its final R&D phase, is driving innovation for the next generation of superconducting magnets.