Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provides virtualized computing resources over the cloud. IaaS platforms offer highly scalable resources that can be adjusted on-demand and are ideal for academic research characterised by workloads that are temporary, experimental or subject to unexpected change. For NRENs and constituent institutions, GÉANT IaaS framework agreement offers considerable benefits; including discounts, egress waivers, pre-agreed terms and conditions, and GÉANT cloud team support. NRENs can act as brokers for third-party providers that host hardware, software, servers, storage and other infrastructure components on behalf of users. Or NRENs may decide to build infrastructure and make it available over the cloud to users.

Click the button to access procurement documents tailored
for the following countries – Austria, Belgium, Denmark,
Finland, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and UK.

To get an overview of the services and their capabilities, see the IaaS service matrix (requires login).
To view the framework agreement documents, see the Document Repository.

IaaS Framework Agreement Providers

Information provided in the following pages is provided by the suppliers.

MVC
MVC is a provider and integrator of complete Unified Communication and Collaboration (UCC) solutions. Its portfolio includes consulting, conception and
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Kinly
Kinly is a Dutch-based provider of Pexip and Qumu solutions. Kinly offers a suite of end-to-end video conferencing services –
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Get Trained on the AWS Cloud – Free online training
Get Trained on the AWS Cloud Watch the AWSome Day Online: a free, virtual training that provides a step-by-step introduction
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Nextcloud and GÉANT team up to deliver secure file sync-and-share solution for education and research
Communication and real-time collaboration are quickly becoming more important in the educational market, while keeping data and communication under the
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ownCloud Enterprise FIle Sync and Share Platform – Special Educational Quotation
Educational Quotation GÉANT Educational Quotation is an offer given by ownCloud GmbH to the GÉANT Community. It is NOT the
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Nextcloud Enterprise File Sync and Share Platform
Nextcloud offers the industry-leading fully open source solution for on-premise data handling and communication with an uncompromising focus on security
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Join us in Trondheim!
The GÉANT Cloud activity will be present at the TNC18 Networking Conference in Trondheim, Norway in June. The cloud task
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ownCloud Enterprise File Sync and Share Platform
ownCloud provides a solution to organizations that need to share confidential data internally and externally. The open platform offers better
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IUCC-Israel Launches First Inter-University Cloud Forum
On February 14, 2018 the first meeting of the Inter-University Cloud Forum was held at IUCC. IT staff from Israel’s
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Data Classification for Cloud Services
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Find an AWS Reseller
AWS services are offered to the research and education community via in-country resellers Comparex, Telecom Italia (TI) and Arcus.  Use
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Microsoft Azure – Enabling cloud computing for research
What is cloud computing? Top Research Workloads: Microsoft Research has worked with hundreds of researchers in every discipline to explore
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GÉANT Showcase – An Introduction To Microsoft Azure HPC services
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Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Why the cloud? QQi needed to improve a vital, mission-critical legacy application that was operating on outdated hardware, inefficient software
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How the Iaas Procurement tender works
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European Commission: GÉANT and Amazon Web Services are breaking down barriers to cloud services adoption
Amazon Web Services has committed to making it easier for scientists to use its cloud storage, computing, and database services
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NREN Cloud Contacts
To find out how to use the cloud service frameworks within your region select your country below to find your
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Support for Institutions
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Webinar: Transforming Research & Education with Microsoft Azure
  The webinar took place on 30th November 2017 watch the video here Presenter: Karl Podesta Azure Big Compute Technical
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HEAnet: GÉANT and Microsoft announce cloud technology partnership
GÉANT have announced a successful multi-year partnership with Microsoft to make powerful cloud computing environments more accessible to research and
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Subscribe to the GÉANT Cloud Newsletter
The GÉANT Cloud Newsletter includes useful links to user stories, case studies, interviews, showcases, workshops, and much more. The newsletter
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TNC18 – Intelligent networks, cool edges?
10-14 June 2018 – Trondheim, Norway. TNC is the largest and most prestigious European research networking conference, with more than 650
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App Store for scientists
Together with the University of Bergen and the University of Oslo, UNINETTs HE Cloud initiative (UH-sky) is working to demonstrate
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Educational clouds in Norway – Edulab
The UNINETT HE cloud initiative, UH-sky, together with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), is looking into how
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IT-Lab: Is it possible to move the university data centre to the cloud?
Why the cloud? In a collaboration with the University of Agder, UNINETTs HE Cloud initiative (UH-sky) is exploring the possibility
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Sparkle
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Comparex
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Amazon Web Services
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SURFcumulus video presentation
The Dutch NREN SURF, has made a presentation video for SURFcumulus, their HE hybrid IaaS solution, that can be seen
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SWITCH: The smart way to access cloud applications
Many questions need to be addressed in relation to various aspects of cloud applications: strategy, procurement, migration, integration, organisational changes,
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Other IaaS Providers

In addition to the IaaS framework agreement suppliers there are a range of other suppliers offering preferential quotes to R&E users for below tender threshold consumption.

Microsoft Azure and Azure in Research update with Q&A. 16 June @TNC19 14:00-15:00
Brad Tipp, Microsoft Higher Education Research Director, and Mark Fitzsimons, Western Europe Education Azure lead, will discuss the latest Azure
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Increasing cloud usage in European Research and Education via GÉANT
300 institutions in 18 European countries are using the GÉANT Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) framework agreements to access market
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Reaching for the Clouds
Building a Single Market for Cloud Services As the GN4-2 project came to a close in December 2018, it is
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Fundamental Cloud Security Part 9 – Identity Management in AWS
-by Eyal Estrin, Cloud Architect, Inter-University Computation Center (IUCC) The fundamental Cloud Security concepts were covered in documents 1-8 and can
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Fundamental Cloud Security Concepts Part 8-Network Security in Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
-by Eyal Estrin, Cloud Architect, Inter-University Computation Center (IUCC) The fundamental Cloud Security concepts were covered in documents 1-7 and can be
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OCRE enables easy cloud usage through the European Open Science Cloud
The Open Clouds for Research Environments project (OCRE), aims to accelerate cloud adoption in the European research community, by bringing
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Fundamental Cloud Security Concepts Part 7 – Network Security in Microsoft Azure
-by Eyal Estrin, Cloud Architect, Inter-University Computation Center (IUCC) The fundamental Cloud Security concepts were covered in documents 1-6 and can be
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Fundamental Cloud Security Concepts Part 6-Network and Security in Amazon Web Services (AWS)
-by Eyal Estrin, Cloud Architect, Inter-University Computation Center (IUCC) This post addresses another important aspect of cloud security – the
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Fundamental Cloud Security Concepts Part 5-Compliance
-by Eyal Estrin, Cloud Architect, Inter-University Computation Center (IUCC) Institutions engaging with public cloud service providers need assurance that they can trust
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Inholland Hogeschool
The Capacity Challenge Inholland is a university of applied sciences with multiple sites offering bachelor and master degrees in a
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