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Clouds present at TNC16!

ThinkstockPhotos-464420602_small.jpgThe GÉANT Cloud activity was presented at the TNC Networking Conference in Prague in June. On Tuesday 14 June, one parallel session from 16:00 to 17:30 was dedicated to Cloud topics, followed by the Cloud Café hosted by the clouds team.​ See the slides or the archived stream from the session​​.​

GÉANT and Amazon Web Services – breaking down barriers to cloud services adoption​

Amazon Web Services, following extensive consultation with Jisc and GÉANT, has decided to waive data egress charges. This represents what could be an important step towards widespread adoption by the R&E community of cloud services in Europe. ​The GÉANT clouds team thank the Amazon team for their effort in making this happen. ​Read the whole story​

Cloud news from GÉANT

The GÉANT clouds activity  launches a clouds newsletter. In the newsletter there will be useful links to user stories, case studies, interviews, showcases, workshops, and much more. The newsletter will be sent to NREN and project contacts that have expressed interest in the GÈANT Cloud Activity. If you receive it, feel free to forward it to interested colleagues. If you'd like to subscribe, please send an e-mail to lars.fuglevaag@uninett.no​. ​​

Read the newsletter online​​

GÉANT cloud workshop

The first GÉANT cloud workshop is hosted by GARR in Rome on 13-14 October. A set of cloud services are now available, and the workshop will discuss an optimal delivery and adoption plan. NREN managers responsible for the delivery of cloud services should attend the workshop. M​​ore information and registration.​​​​

Pan-European tender for IaaS services

​GÉANT and the European NRENs aim to establish framework agreements with suppliers of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions on behalf of their member institutions. The agreements will be the outcomes of a European tender launched 20th April 2016. Read the whole story.​​​

GÉANT with Microsoft cloud connectivity agreement​

microsoft_geant_banner.jpgGÉANT has signed a partnership agreement with Microsoft to act as network connectivity provider for Microsoft’s Azure ExpressRoutes service. This will help accelerate open research and education in Europe. Read the whole story on www.geant.org.​ ​

Positive feedback on GN4 Symposium Clouds session​ 

The GÉANT Cloud Activity hosted a very well attended session at this year’s GN4 project symposium. Half of the 130 participants responded to the symposium questionnaire for the session, and the feedback is very positive. 85 % rate the session as above average, and the accompanying comments describe the session as informative, with good content and well prepared presentations. If you didn’t attend, you can see the slides on this web site​.​​

Upcoming Events

Digital Infrastructures for Research             

Krakow, Poland  28 - 30 September 2016

GÉANT Cloud Workshop​ ​            

Rome, Italy,  13 - 14 October 2016​

Past Events


Prague, Czech Republic  12 – 16 June 2016​

IaaS tender deadline       

Cambridge, UK  23 May 2016

Cloud showcase on data sovereignty​       

21 April 2016

IaaS tender published    

Cambridge, UK  20 April 2016

TF-MSP meeting    

Ljublana, Slovenia  7.-8. April 2016​

Cloud Showcase: Cisco - The technology behind the services​​ 
30 March 2016​​​​​

Cloud Showcase: Cisco - IaaS Architecture​s and policies 
22 March 2016​​​​​​

GÉANT Symposium 

Vienna, Austria  7 – 10 March 2016

Cloud Show​case: Nokia's approach to clouds

18 February 2016​​​

The IaaS procurement in progress​​

Team workshop in Trondheim 25 & 26 January

Federated Identity for Cloud Services Workshop

​21-22 January