Why the cloud? Students at AHO had access to a personal storage space of 4 Gigabyte on school servers. With a steady increase in use, and in file size, they were running out of space. By moving to Box, AHO could offer safe storage to the students, as well as unlimited space. User Satisfaction The feedback from the students is very positive. Today’s students want things to be simple and flexible – and not always on campus to study. Also, Box meets their need for collaboration, both with other students and with faculty. Students are also pleased to not have to deal with VPN technology and are pleasantly surprised with the ease of use and rich feature set. Everyone who has ever lost important data knows how frustrating that is. A laptop can...
Sparkle, Telecom Italia Group’s international operator, has announced an agreement to provide cloud services to the European Research and Education consortium GÉANT.
TIM’s Sparkle has signed a framework agreement to provide cloud services from European research and development network Géant in 30 countries. Read the whole story at Capacity Media.
London/Amsterdam – 11 May, 2017
GÉANT, Europe’s leading collaboration on network and related e-infrastructure and services for the benefit of research and education, today announced that it will offer Dimension Data Cloud services through 18 of its National Research and Education Network (NREN) partners, reaching thousands of universities, schools and research institutions.
Following a pan-European Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) tender, GÉANT will provide Dimension Data’s enterprise-class IaaS in support of the education community’s need for transformation with regards platform agility, security and collaboration.
The team working on the Pan-European procurement of IaaS services for European NRENs and their institutions met in Trondheim on the 25 and 26 January. Experts from seven different NRENs are part of the team. Through this collective tender we expect to establish good conditions of use, including data security, pricing, purchase models, AAI and network connections. The IaaS procurement is part of the GÈANT Clouds activity, and will be published in April this year. The aim is to attract all major IaaS providers interested in delivering IaaS services to the European research and education community. So far more than 30 providers have expressede interest. The tender will establish framework agreements with suppliers of IaaS solutions, resulting...
GÉANT has signed a partnership agreement with Microsoft to act as network connectivity provider for Microsoft’s Azure ExpressRoutes service. This will help accelerate open research and education in Europe. The agreement connects Microsoft’s cloud services, such as Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and CRM Online, directly to Europe’s vital research and education community, and represents further growth in the portfolio of above-the-net services offered by GÉANT and its National Research and Education Network (NREN) partners to over 50 million users at 10,000 institutions. Reducing connectivity costs Microsoft Azure ExpressRoutes enables institutions to extend their on-premises network into the Microsoft cloud over a dedicated private...
Amazon waiving data egress charges is a major step forward for use in European research and education. Cloud computing – on-demand delivery of IT resources on a pay-as-you-go basis – offers huge opportunity for millions of users. Its benefits include reduced capital investment, economies of scale, faster setup and improved agility, and the ability to reach global audiences quickly and easily. Still, the research and education community has been slow on the uptake. Data egress a major concern One of the major concerns of the community has been that the payment structures offered by cloud providers are too unpredictable, leading to fear of large bills particularly from ‘data egress’ – the cost of data coming off cloud provider services onto...
Cloud services giant Amazon Web Services (AWS) rolls out discounts in bid to lower the cost barrier to making scientific discoveries
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has agreed to waive some charges the academic and research community must pay to transfer data out of its cloud. As such, the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) company is offering to wipe up to 15% off users’ monthly bill on AWS services, and dropping the upload charges when researchers and scientists choose to shift data between its storage, compute and database services.
European NRENs have joined forces to make cloud services with good conditions of use available to the European education and research community. The outcome of this work is in an online cloud catalogue and joint purchase of cloud services on a European scale. Read more at surf.nl.