Services

Cloud - infrastructure as a service

Adapt your IT resources to meet the changing requirements of your activity on an ad hoc basis

Challenges

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a cloud computing solution that allows you to access state-of-the-art IT resources in a virtual environment. Thanks to this solution, organisations benefit from the necessary resources without any need to develop or physically install their components within their system.

This solution is especially well-suited to organisations that need to meet IT resource requirements on an ad hoc basis, such as the research and education sectors. Research and education institutions take part in numerous projects with durations ranging from one to several years, which may involve one or several partners, and their activities meet specific demands and requirements. But in addition to the necessary resources for their projects to function properly, the institutions may also need to speed up the deployment of their activities at some point in time, for example with the hosting of a website, or simply to focus their resources on the core activities, not on the underlying infrastructure e.g. for practical work at school.

Features

The Restena Foundation allows players in the fields of research and education in Luxembourg to access cloud resources (IaaS, Infrastructure as a Service) as part of their projects for which they need access to specific IT resources within a given period of time. As a member of the GÉANT Project and acting as a national research and education network (NREN), the Restena Foundation is a beneficiary of a framework European contract established between GÉANT and several IaaS providers. Hence, it can offer its community privileged access to services that are the subject of growing interest in the world of education and research.

Eligible Luxembourgish institutions can benefit from the services of partner IaaS providers regarding electronic data processing, storage, or indeed fundamental IT resources such as processors, memory, disk space and bandwidth.  Access to tools that facilitate collaboration completely securely is also available.

In addition to research activities, this service is also beneficial to eligible projects at the level of secondary education, such as practical work, practical projects or indeed technological tests.

Subscription

To benefit from this, two subscription types are offered:

CUMULUS

For organisations that have specific and/or large-scale IaaS requirements, a direct contract is established between the eligible organisation and the chosen provider(s). All providers included in the framework contract for Luxembourg and the services that they offer are accessible without any obligation to resort to a government contract, while having a verified basis for the contractual elements regarding data protection.

STRATUS (beta)

For small-scale and time-limited projects, teaching tools or tools that allow the conducting of feasibility tests are available. An environment that allows users to familiarise themselves with the IaaS technologies likely to play an increasing role in IT infrastructures - whether for students or for IT services - can be put in place.

This service - which, a priori, is free of charge for participants - is not intended to serve as the basis for production services.

Avantages

Simplified direct access to certified IaaS technologies

National framework contract negotiated at European level for the requirements of research and education

More details on the service

Who can benefit?

Connected Institutions, Primary, Post-Primary and Secondary Schools, Higher Education Institutions, Research Institutes, Cultural Institutions

How to benefit?

To benefit from the CUMULUS or STRATUS offers, or to define a suitable solution, contact the Cloud Technical Team at the Restena Foundation.

Some useful information

The GÉANT Project has made it possible to access cloud resources (IaaS, Infrastructure as a Service) in the form of a framework government contract benefiting its community and therefore, by extension, that of the Restena Foundation. To find out more about this initiative, visit https://clouds.geant.org/geant-cloud-catalogue/geant-cloud-catalogue-iaas/

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GÉANT (GN4-3)

Ensuring effective, relevant, high-value, and competitive research and innovation activity throughout Europe.

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