Jisc’s power of procurement has landed a selection of extra cloud solutions for members.
After careful preparation we are now offering our members access to the EU-compliant GÉANT IaaS (infrastructure as a service) framework to simplify procurement of cloud services (GÉANT manages the pan-European network for research and education). The framework covers back-up and storage, computing resources, networking and professional services.
The main benefit of purchasing from the framework is that customers don’t need to run their own time-consuming procurement process because we’ve done it for them. Secondly, the framework provides favourable discounts, and the more the framework is used across Europe, the greater the discount.
In addition, our new Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute service, which provides a resilient virtual circuit between member sites and ExpressRoute point of presence for onward connection to the Azure service platform.
ExpressRoute connections ensure that Azure traffic is carried over the Janet Network to the Azure service platform via the Microsoft and Azure networks without touching the public internet, and are particularly useful for moving high volumes of data very quickly.
Among the first adopters of ExpressRoute was Staffordshire University, which is “delighted with the performance of the Azure-based services and proud to be the first UK HEI to have migrated its entire ICT estate to the cloud”.
Other Jisc members can find out more at a joint Microsoft/Jisc event on 6 December, which will focus on digital transformation in higher education and include a keynote speech from our CEO, Paul Feldman. Jisc enterprise director, Josh Fry, and a GÉANT representative will give a presentation on the benefits of the framework and ExpressRoute, while other speakers will give talks on cloud computing and data management.
Jessica Wu, group manager for cloud services, said the Jisc cloud offering was gaining momentum rapidly:
“We are introducing the new Microsoft ExpressRoute service and the GÉANT framework, which, together with our other cloud services, give our customers access to products at the forefront of cloud development.
“The cloud market has grown quickly over the past couple of years. In response to requests from the Jisc community, we are building a professional cloud consultancy service to directly support members initiatives around cloud.”