Over the past year, GÉANT has conducted a pan-European tender for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) services: a collective invitation to suppliers to submit a bid to supply their IaaS solutions.
This tender for 36 countries aims to allow research and education institutions to consume the cloud in a safe, easy and predictable way, with services that:
- meet European and national regulations
- have attractive pricing
- are connected to the community’s networks and identity management capabilities
- can be purchased in a controlled and transparent manner.
By aggregating this demand from Europe’s National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) and the 10,000 institutions they connect, GÉANT has created a substantial single digital market where up to €500m could be channelled through the framework contracts over the next four years. Furthermore, the portfolio of services and associated joint cloud delivery and adoption approach is delivering a firm basis for bringing the EC’s European Cloud Initiative and European Open Science Cloud to fruition.