Cloud Services Update
The pan-European Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) tender carried out by GÉANT and 36 NRENs during 2016 is delivering real choice to the research and education community. Common framework agreements with providers ensure research and education institutes can consume the cloud in a safe, easy and predictable way:
- Standardised conditions of use for all education and research institutes.
- Users can log in to the cloud services provider via Single Sign-On (SSO) utilising the community’s identity management capabilities.
- Institutions can access cloud services via the high-performance NREN and GÉANT data networks, significantly reducing network traffic costs.
This efficient supply-chain saves education and research institutions time and money. It also delivers on the European Commission’s European Cloud Initiative, and European Open Science Cloud objectives, through giving research and education institutes’ immediate access to secure, flexible, and low cost cloud technologies.