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Microsoft joins the OCRE framework to grant education and research institutions discounted Azure prices across 40 European countries.

Microsoft announces the immediate availability of Microsoft Azure through the pan-European OCRE (Open Clouds for Research Environments) framework. OCRE makes powerful cloud-based services easily accessible for more than 10,000 European Research and Education (R&E) institutions.

The OCRE framework aims to accelerate cloud adoption in the European research community, by bringing together cloud providers and the research and education community, through ready-to-use service agreements.

Through a collective tender, the OCRE framework has put in place agreements with public cloud providers and connected these to the Research and Education IT ecosystem. The members of 40 European NRENs (National Research Education Networks) are eligible to use the public cloud agreements negotiated through the OCRE framework without any additional procurement being required.

European academic research and science is at the forefront of solving global challenges at a rapidly increasing rate and is dominated by exponentially growing data. Researchers are overcoming the challenges of scale, collaboration, and compliance, while minimising cost and complexity, by using Microsoft Azure to achieve unparalleled time to insight, scale, and price-performance on the cloud built for high performance computing, data, and analytics.

University’s central technical infrastructure requirements are increasingly complex with thousands of applications and services and a diverse infrastructure. Microsoft Azure provides a secure, scalable cloud infrastructure that will run mission-critical applications with increased operational agility and security.

“We are delighted to bring many benefits to the research and education community through the OCRE framework agreement, which builds on our strong partnership with GÉANT, NRENs and Microsoft partners across Europe. The OCRE framework provides a tremendous opportunity for research organisations to benefit from unmatched time to insight, scale, and price-performance on the cloud built for high performance computing, data, and analytics.” Brian Gibson, EMEA Higher Education & Research Director, Microsoft.  

Universities and research institutions can now benefit from the following key benefits:

  1. Significant discounts across the Microsoft Azure service portfolio.
  2. Ready to use contracts, designed to satisfy national and European public sector procurement regulations and requirements.

“We’re delighted Microsoft will continue to support all our network providers to help researchers at over 10,000 research and education institutions across the continent take their research projects to new heights, with ease at an affordable price.” Karl Meyer, Product Management and Marketing Officer, GÉANT.

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Microsoft Azure is available through the appointed OCRE framework Microsoft Partner in your country. View the table below for contact information.

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Microsoft Azure appointed OCRE partner

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Micromail sales@micromail.ie Ireland

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