Logicalis Group, an international IT solutions and managed services provider, and a member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN has been chosen as the Oracle Cloud Partner of Choice for the Open Clouds for Research Environments (OCRE) framework across Germany and Ireland.
GÉANT Association, the pan-European network for the research and education community, owned by its core membership of 39 European National Research and Education Network (NREN) organizations, plans, builds and operates advanced networks for research and education, including the pan-European network known as GÉANT.
The OCRE project (Open Clouds for Research Environments) aims to contribute to establishing a service delivery chain, to enable Research and Education institutes in Europe to adopt and use digital Earth observation and cloud solutions, in an easy, safe, predictable and controlled manner.
The tender issued by GÉANT gives researchers and the education community across 40 European countries access to commercial cloud services without the need to run complex public procurements and competitive tenders.
The framework agreement with Logicalis provides universities and research facilities in Germany and Ireland with access to “modern, secured and scalable” Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), awarding a call-off contract. This would allow researchers and members of the education community a quicker and easier way to access the benefits of cloud services, leveraging Logicalis’ expertise.
Commercial Cloud Services
“There is a strong demand for commercial cloud services in the European research community that has, until now, been limited by the absence of procurement frameworks and the lack of technical skills,” said Christoph Heiming, Senior Director, A&C Oracle Germany. “We’re delighted that our cloud services combined with Logicalis’ expertise will help empower the research capabilities of European institutes and universities on their cloud journey.”
Logicalis has been an Oracle partner since 1999, and its expertise spans the entire Oracle product line. Throughout the partnership, Logicalis has shown a high degree of creativity in providing tested, Oracle-based engineered systems solutions to solve its customers’ most pressing business problems.
“This project signifies a positive step in the digital transformation of the European research landscape, and we are proud to be part of it,” said Bob Bailkoski, CEO of Logicalis Group. “Our participation in this framework, means members of the research community can access best-in-class cloud solutions, while leveraging Logicalis’ proven expertise in the provision of Oracle Cloud Services to unlock the full benefits of cloud computing.”