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 Arcus Global portal to AWS After having run for almost 4 years, the current Arcus Global framework is coming to the end of its lifetime and will finish on 9 August 2018. Under the Jisc Cloud Services portfolio, Jisc now offer the GÉANT Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) framework, providing you with an EU directive compliant procurement route to purchase cloud services including AWS. The GÉANT IaaS Framework  facilitates the purchase of IaaS cloud services, including AWS. Azure and cloud services from other providers. There are 3 suppliers for AWS on the framework. Using the framework, you can make a direct award to any participating supplier. Alternatively, you can run a mini-competition if something other than standard services are required.  Jisc apply a 3.5% administration fee for using the framework.  Here are some of the advantages of using the GÉANT framework: A national compliance due diligence assessment of the framework has been carried out, ensuring its suitability for UK users Jisc has worked closely with GÉANT to ensure GDPR compliancy Jisc can assist in obtaining prices from suppliers so that comparisons can be made Jisc acts as an escalation point to suppliers should any issues arise Benefits of the framework include: access to discounts that would not otherwise be obtained procurement was run under EU procurement directives contracts are set up in accordance with UK law eliminates the need to run your own procurement direct award can be made to any participating supplier make the most of the high capacity, low latency Janet network benefit form simplicity of single sign-on” If you have any questions please contact cloud@jisc.ac.uk

AWS Pilot Project

9 May 2014 at 1:08pm

Janet is working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Arcus Global to provide an Access Portal to AWS services for the Janet community. 

We are starting to look for additional institutions to join the Portal service. If you would like to joing the pilot, please ask them to nominate an individual to act as your Portal Administrator, by way of email to cloud@ja.net by 21st May 2014.

To make the portal set up work an institution needs to nominate a Portal Administrator, who would typically be a system admin person from an IT group. The administrator will control an authorisation process for new users (similar to new staff being allowed access to resources) and can set up user accounts for those users who can then access all the AWS services and have them billed to their institution, in a single, itemised bill delivered to the Administrator.

The Portal provides a set of additional features aimed at the Institutions to help them manage the AWS spend and users, provide accurate reporting and enhance access controls. The portal does not cost anything to use, and provides multiple benefits. 

If you are interested in this, please contact cloud@ja.net