Grab a cloud and run with it
11 different Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions from a total of 21 providers and resellers are now ready for consumption in 36 countries across Europe.
The pan-European 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.
Ready for consumption
The framework agreements are now in place, and institutions across Europe can start using the services. The NREN needs to decide on which role it will take in the supply chain, and then agree with the providers on how to start the delivery of services. Universities in several countries are already placing orders.
GÉANT offers support
The GÉANT clouds activity is supporting NRENs all over Europe with materials, advice and hands-on support in a number of ways. The framework has been presented at local events in a number of countries. On the clouds website a cookbook for adoption if the services is available, as well as an introduction video, with subtexts adaptable to different languages. Also, NREN cloud managers meet at a weekly VC to discuss adoption, and they have access to an IaaS service matrix for comparison of the offered services, as well as all contract documents.
Save time and money
The framework agreements offer a range of benefits. One is that the agreements have been made at the European level, but are valid at the institutional level. No need to spend time and resources on tendering themselves. Discounts are given for the community as a whole, giving us a strong negotiating position. Additional discounts will be given across the community when aggregated consumption reaches specified threshold levels. Also, direct peering has allowed us to avoid data egress charges, NRENs and/or institutions only pay for their regular network, no extra charges.
Safe and familiar environment
With direct peering, the services are delivered on the research and education network, and users can log on with their institutional account using Single Sign-On. Also, ordering and billing is adapted to the institutions’ purchasing models, with accommodation for capital expenditure purchases, purchase ordering and post-paid billing, all purchasing compliant within the EU and EEA. Migration of existing licenses and contracts is also accommodated.
Towards the European Open Science Cloud
By delivering a Single Digital Market across the European NREN community, institutions are ensured best value IaaS services. The 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 institutions immediate access to secure, flexible, and low cost cloud technologies.