This week saw the announcement of a landmark cloud adoption agreement between GÉANT and Amazon Web Services (AWS). This agreement waives AWS data egress charges for education and research institutions across Europe, to a maximum of 15% of total monthly spend on AWS services.
The deal was negotiated by GÉANT’s Cloud Brokerage team following two years of sustained negotiation. The team includes HEAnet Brokerage and Cloud staff, who made a significant contribution to the negotiation of this deal.
For HEAnet clients, this deal will provide a significantly improved pricing environment for cloud adoption and represents what could be an important step towards widespread implementation of cloud services by the European education and research community.
Commenting on HEAnet’s input into this landmark deal, HEAnet Chief Executive John Boland stated “We are proud of our commitment and contribution to this project, as this waiver eliminates one barrier to cloud adoption by our clients.”
The Cloud Brokerage team have also been working closely with many of the leading cloud vendors on developing a Cloud Services Catalogue, culminating in a pan-European procurement framework of leading cloud vendors. This pan-European framework, announced at HEAnet’s National Conference in November 2015, is expected to be in place in Summer 2016.
For more information on GÉANT Cloud Brokerage activities, please visit: http://services.geant.net/clouds/Pages/Home.aspx
and to view GÉANT’s announcement on this agreement: http://www.geant.org/News_and_Events/Pages/GEANT-and-Amazon-Web-Services-breaking-down-barriers-to-cloud-services-adoption.aspx