CloudSigma is thrilled to announce that the company was selected as a cloud partner for the initial phase of the OCRE project. CloudSigma has been chosen as a service provider for the voucher program by OCRE’s coordinator, GÉANT. GÉANT is Europe’s leading collaboration on network and related infrastructure and services for research and education, and operator of the GÉANT network that interconnects Europe’s National Research and Education Networks (NRENs). In fact, CloudSigma has been a preferred partner for cloud services to the GÉANT academic network since 2017. As such, CloudSigma is a part of the GÉANT Cloud Catalogue IaaS portfolio. GÉANT is particularly excited to work with CloudSigma, taking into consideration our extensive experience with research and innovation, as well as Earth Observation.
As a member of the GÉANT IaaS portfolio, CloudSigma’s strengths lie in its flexibility, performance, and excellent customer support. More than that, CloudSigma is one of the most customisable cloud providers on the market. As a result, customers are able to provision compute processing, storage, networks and other fundamental computing resources at one’s discretion, meaning CPU, RAM, storage, and bandwidth can be purchased independently to allow the best combination of cloud resources without the limitation of fixed server sizes.
“We are delighted that CloudSigma has been selected for the first phase of the OCRE project. We are looking forward to continuing our work with them into the future and helping support research and education across Europe.”David Heynes, Manager Cloud Services @ GÉANT
The Open Clouds for Research Environments project (OCRE) was launched in 2019. Its aim is to bring together cloud providers, Earth Observation (EO) organisations and the research and education community in order to accelerate cloud adoption.
Cloud-based services offer the European research community a wealth of powerful tools. Unfortunately, for many researchers, these are currently out of reach. Suitable services can get difficult to find and select. The OCRE project addresses this need. OCRE aims to facilitate cloud adoption among European researchers by running a pan-European tender. In addition, the project will establish framework agreements with cloud service providers that meet the specific requirements of the research community.
The project has secured €9.5 million in adoption funding from the European Commission. Furthermore, OCRE is one of the projects contributing to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). It provides a path for commercial providers to offer their services in this European single marketplace for research services. Key to this will be OCRE’s ready-to-use-service agreements. They will allow research and education institutions to connect with cloud service providers and directly consume their offers.