​GÉANT welcomes Amazon Web Services as cloud provider for research and education

Cambridge, UK | May 24 2017

GÉANT Cloud Catalogue expands range of services for Europe’s diverse research and education community​​



GÉANT, Europe’s leading collaboration on e-infrastructure and services for research and education, has added Amazon Web Services (AWS) to its innovative Cloud Catalogue. Research and education institutions in 28 countries across Europe can now run their compute, storage, and network workloads in the AWS cloud, with procurement, contracting, and integration taken care of by GÉANT and its National Research and Education Network (NREN) partners. This means that research and education institutes that are already part of the GÉANT community can use AWS technologies without undergoing any additional procurement or tender procedures.

Steve Cotter​, GÉANT Chief Executive Officer said of the announcement, “We are delighted to welcome Amazon Web Services to the GÉANT Cloud Catalogue, further expanding the range of leading cloud services that our NREN partners can bring to their customers. We expect the Cloud Catalogue to deliver real benefit to millions of users across the European research and education communities.” 

“We are excited to now be part of the GÉANT Cloud Catalogue and to see the possibilities that flexible, scalable, secure, and reliable cloud services bring to the education and research community of Europe,” said Max Peterson, Head of EMEA Public Sector, Amazon Web Services. “Students, educators, and researchers are key drivers of technological innovation and the backbone of modern economies. We look forward to helping the European research community use AWS technologies to further invent and advance scientific discovery.”

Following a highly competitive and successful pan-European IaaS tender, carried out by GÉANT and 36 NRENs, AWS cloud services will be offered via the GÉANT Cloud Catalogue through resellers Arcus, Comparex, and Telecom Italia. 

The framework agreements with these resellers benefits institutes using AWS in the following ways:

  • Users can log in to the AWS service via single sign-on, via the community’s identity management capabilities. 
  • Institutions can access AWS via the high-performance NRENs and GÉANT data networks, significantly reducing network traffic costs.
  • Users have the benefit of AWS services without having to enter into separate agreements with AWS.

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. 

The GÉANT Cloud Catalogue is available at: https://catalogue.clouds.geant.net/ ​

Further information is available at: https://clouds.geant.org/services/geant-cloud-catalogue/ ​

About GÉANT 

GÉANT is Europe’s leading collaboration on network and related e-infrastructure and services for the benefit of research and education, contributing to Europe’s economic growth and competitiveness. The organisation develops, delivers and promotes advanced network and associated e-infrastructure services, and supports innovation and knowledge-sharing amongst its members, partners and the wider research and education networking community. To learn more, visit www.geant.org or follow us on Twitter @GEANTnews​