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SWITCH Hosts 3rd Higher Education Cloud Day

On 10 April 2018, SWITCH hosted the 3rd Higher Education Cloud Day at the University of Bern. The Higher Education Cloud Days are an open and collaborative environment to gain knowledge shared user experiences and best practices. Registration exceeded expectations, with around 65 attendees filling the meeting room to capacity. Almost all universities participated, along with university hospitals and CERN. The program highlighted sessions with speakers from Google, Microsoft, AWS, amanox and SWITCH. The sessions were accompanied by a lively discussion of the GÉANT tender and framework agreements. Topics covered included: G Suite and Google Cloud A captivating, nearly 2-hour presentation on experience-based solutions on Microsoft Azure An...

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Spanish Consortium Launches UNIDisc Storage Solution via the GÉANT Cloud Offering

When the Consorci de Serveis Universitaris de Catalunya (CSUC) looked toward the clouds to improve effectiveness and efficiency by leveraging synergies and economies of scale to bring state of the art services to its members, they found the right solution at the right price from the GÉANT Cloud Offering.  CSUC is a consortium of 10 universities and the Catalan Government, providing academic services, scientific, library, and knowledge transfer to more than 80 research institutions and centres in the Catalan region of Spain. In mid-March, CSUC officially launched its UNIDisc service, a cloud storage service based on OwnCloud, acquired via the GÉANT offering for the Catalan education and research community. Under the hood UNIDisc offers...

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26 April 2018 webinar – introducing Amazon Web Services and using the AWS spot market for research and education

This interactive webinar will introduce the Amazon Web Service (AWS) IaaS framework agreement and show how AWS can support research and education.
In particular it will describe how the AWS spot market can be used to generate huge cost advantages for fault-tolerant and flexible applications, such as test and development environments, stateless web servers, image rendering, video transcoding, and to run analytics, machine learning and high-performance computing (HPC) workloads. 
The webinar will take place at 14:00 CEST on 26th April.
Register now to attend.

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UH-Sky Microsoft Azure Event

On 21 March 2018, the Norwegian higher education cloud initiative (UH-Sky) organised a conference on Microsoft Azure on how IT organisations can use cloud services in their everyday routines. Eighty participants, developers and technical managers from ICT departments, gathered at Gardermoen. Representatives from Microsoft Azure and ATEA (preferred joint supplier) were on hand to answer any questions. A similar conference is planned for the Autumn of 2018. AS part of the GÉANT IaaS framework Norwegian research and higher education institutions can utilise Microsoft Azure through three resellers, ATEA, Comparex and SoftwareONE. After a joint procurement, that ATEA won, Norwegian universities and institutions only need to sign a call-off...

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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 to the core AWS services for compute, storage, database and networking. AWS technical experts explain key features and use cases, share best practices and walk through technical demos. Based on the AWS Essentials Course, AWSome Day is ideal for IT managers, business leaders, system engineers, system administrators, developers and architects who are eager to learn more about cloud computing and how to get started on the AWS Cloud. Register via the button below and we’ll send you the link to connect and watch on-demand any time that suits you, until 31 May. All you need to watch is a device with an internet...

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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 control of IT continues to be a challenge. Nextcloud offers a powerful solution for these needs, combining unique features like end-to-end encryption in its clients with a special focus on the educational market through the Nextcloud Education Edition. Read more.

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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 and privacy and unprecedented scalability. Nextcloud brings together universal access to data with next-generation secure communication and collaboration capabilities under direct control of IT and integrated with existing compliant infrastructure. Nextcloud’s open, modular architecture, emphasis on security and advanced federation capabilities enable modern enterprises to leverage their existing assets within and across the borders of their organization. For more information, visit or follow @Nextclouders on Twitter. Educational Quotation GÉANT Educational Quotation is an offer...

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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 in the GÉANT project hosts no less than 3 full sessions at the TNC18, as well as our traditional Cloud Café. On Tuesday 12 June, one session is dedicated to the implementation of cloud services, while another concentrates on the future of cloud services. In the evening, you’re welcome to join us at the Cloud Café. The next morning kicks off with a WebRTC session, and later that day another cloud session is focusing on inbedded cloud services. Throughout the sessions you will get a status for cloud work in the European R&E community, examples and user stories from institutions and leading vendors, as well as top...

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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 and overburdened databases.The application was extremely visible; spanning multiple systems, educational course information, public data and a high traffic public interface. Microsoft Azure QQI decided to move away from the costly data centre-based solution and embark on a gradual migration of the application to the cloud with Microsoft Azure, alongside the adoption of Office 365. The Azure model gave them the flexibility and scalability they needed. While the software application remained the same QQI was able to refine and gradually upgrade components, move from a single front-end to three, and...

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