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Cloud LMS & OCRE

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Join the next generation of tailor-made cloud agreements for academia.

Since January 2017, FCT|FCCN offers you a range of attractive Infrastructure as a Service cloud solutions, tailor-made, and priced, for academia. These services are made available thanks to a unique pan-European collaboration of the European NRENs, in their association GÉANT. The selected services have been through a rigorous EU compliant tender process. There is no need for institutions to run their own tender procedure. You can access the offerings through ready-to-use agreements under local law. More than 300 institutions in 18 European countries are using these IaaS solutions and have collectively consumed over €14 million. The institutions benefit from reduced costs and support with using cloud services.

 

The upcoming tenders: more services

After the NRENs and GÉANT, finished the proposals for the consolidation of the Agreement procedure for the OCRE Framework (Open Cloud for Research Environment), the final agreement was published in June 2020.
The OCRE Framework offers IaaS, PaaS and SaaS cloud services. Next steps were followed through and cloud service providers interested in integrating OCRE sent their
proposals.
Througout the last quarter of 2020 it is expected to know which suppliers have been selected.
Entities interested in purchasing cloud services, within the OCRE framework agreement, are expected to be able to do so from January 2021.

Entities participation

The FCCN unit publicized this initiative and identified a group of entities that expressed their interest in participating in these framework agreements, without any type of formal commitment for the institutions to purchase the services.

On July 30, 2019, the list of all member institutions elegible for this tender was published, guaranteeing that member institutions would automatically be able to take advantage of the agreements resulting from these consultations.

More information via email: GeantCloud@fccn.pt