Game-changer for cloud computing: GÉANT ensures easy consumption of IaaS cloud services across European research and education community
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.
With strong interest in the tender, over 100 companies registered for the procurement. We are pleased to announce that the following providers have qualified and once contractual agreements are finalised will become part of the GÉANT Cloud Catalogue IaaS portfolio:
- Amazon, through resellers: Arcus, Comparex, Telecom Italia,
- Dimension Data
- Microsoft, through resellers: Atea, Cacttus, Comparex, Dom-Daniel, Infosoft, Micromail, Nextsense, Novabase, SoftwareOne, Span and Ymens
- NTT Europe
- Telecom Italia
With the tender process now complete, contracts are being finalised with all providers after which services will become available via the NRENs for the institutions.
In the meantime you can receive updates via the GÉANT clouds website or by contacting the clouds team at
GÉANT applied the EC Procurement Directive (2014/24/EU) which enables cross-border procurements through a Centralised Purchasing Body. This EC Directive ensures institutions can easily consume the IaaS solutions from the GÉANT IaaS cloud catalogue, via either a direct award or a mini-competition. Through the GÉANT cloud catalogue, the suppliers provide purchasing models which match with the financial structures and funding models in Research and Education: acquiring services with a purchase order, post-paid billing and accommodating capital expenditure through upfront commitments.
The tender also ensures suppliers recognise the collective expenditure of all institutions, and present all customers with the same discount levels, based on the aggregated spending of the total research and education population.