SPARKLE JOINS THE OCRE PROJECT TO ACCELERATE CLOUD ADOPTION IN THE EUROPEAN RESEARCH COMMUNITY
Sparkle has been selected as OCRE Cloud Framework provider by GÉANT, the pan-European network and services provider for research and education. Under the agreement, Sparkle will serve as Google Cloud integrator in 27 European countries offering cloud solutions and professional services.
The Open Clouds for Research Environment (OCRE) project was launched in 2019 by a consortium led by GÉANT and incorporating also CERN, RHEA and Trust-IT with the aim to enable and facilitate cloud adoption in the European research community. Through ready-to-use service agreements with cloud service providers and a €9.5 million funding made available by the European Commission, the OCRE Cloud Framework offers to the R&E community a standardized contractual vehicle to ease the purchase of these solutions for over 10,000 research and education organisations.
Within the agreement, Sparkle will provide turnkey cloud solutions based on Google Cloud technologies, blended with professional services to support institutions in their move to the cloud. Sparkle’s multi-cloud offering features a combination of private, public and on-premise cloud services with a single management console. Customers can also enjoy private, high-speed and secure connections between their on-premises cloud facilities and the major cloud providers.