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Helmholtz Cloud

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In the Helmholtz Cloud, members of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres provide selected IT-Services for joint use.
The Service Portfolio covers the whole scientific process and offers Helmholtz employees and their project partners a federated community cloud with uniform access for them to conduct and support excellent science. The connection to international developments (e.g. EOSC at European level) is regarded as essential and the "FAIR" principles in particular are taken into account.

Helmholtz Cloud services

Helmholtz Cloud Offerings

Formerly isolated applications converge to central collaboration services for science as well as infrastructure, offered in the Helmholtz Cloud. By 2024, the Helmholtz Cloud portfolio includes more than 30 services. The complete list and all further information can be found at the Helmholtz Cloud Portal. A selection:

Service Portfolio in terms of ITIL

Service Portfolio and Upcoming Services

The Service Portfolio Management consists of three main components:

  • the Service Pipeline = Upcoming Services
  • the Service Catalogue = currently provided Services, available on Helmholtz Cloud Portal
  • the Retired Services = taken out of service (currently none)

Our recruitment team is constantly on the lookout for new services to include in our portfolio and to find providers for any missing services. We operate using a priority system, taking into account factors such as the number of requests we receive for specific services.

If you notice that a service is missing from our offering, we would be grateful if you could reach out to us at so that we can update our tracking system and prioritise according to the community needs. Also, if you are interested in seeing an existing service offered in a "pro" version, please do let us know as well. The more requests we receive, the more likely we are to be able to negotiate pro-versions with service providers.

Helmholtz Cloud Services orchestration

Service Orchestration

Helmholtz Cloud Services cover most of the research lifecycle, but until now, users have had to connect these complementary services to work together manually. A recent focus of the Cloud Cluster is to remedy this by providing support to automate service orchestration and promote better composability of existing services. To find out more, please visit our dedicated service orchestration page.

Seamless Collaboration

The Helmholtz-wide, internationally accessible authentication and authorization infrastructure Helmholtz ID enables login to all Cloud Services with the known credentials of the home Helmholtz centres. Furthermore, invited guests from outside Helmholtz are also able to use Helmholtz Cloud services, e.g. via their home organisation's login, or via public identity providers such as ORCID. In this central login, the Helmholtz ID, 7000 active users were recorded as of January 2024, trend rising.

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Helmholtz Cloud is funded by the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres. As a result, the use of Helmholtz Cloud services can be offered free of charge to Helmholtz users and their collaboration partners.

Service Operation KPI

The usage of each Helmholtz Cloud Serivce and its overall contribution to the success of the Helmholtz Cloud is monitored continuously. Please refer to the documentation pages for details on the procedures of KPI data aquisition and calculation, as well as most recent and previously published results.

Request for Service and Support

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