Zurich, Switzerland – October, 2017 – we are happy to announce that CloudSigma, a leading European infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider with headquarters in Switzerland and European subsidiaries in Germany and Poland, has been awarded a GÉANT Infrastructure-as-a-Service Framework Agreement after successfully meeting the selection criteria in the call for competition in late 2016. With this new partnership, CloudSigma is able to provide superfast connectivity to its academic customers.
GÉANT – Europe’s leading collaboration on network and related infrastructure and services for research and education, and operator of the GÉANT network that interconnects Europe’s National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) – carried out the pan-European tender for IaaS services together with its NREN partners in 36 countries. The aim was to allow research and education institutions to consume the cloud in a safe, easy and predictable way, with services that:
- meet European and national regulations
- have attractive pricing
- connect to the community’s networks and identity management capabilities
- can be purchased in a controlled and transparent manner.
There was strong interest in the tender, with over 100 companies registering for the procurement. Since then, successful providers have now become part of the GÉANT Cloud Catalogue IaaS portfolio.
“GÉANT is excited to work with CloudSigma on delivering great value, flexible IaaS solutions to research and education. The personal approach offered by CloudSigma will greatly benefit those users venturing into cloud services for the first time and will help enhance cloud adoption across all sectors of the community.”Erik Huizer, CEO @ GÉANT
The CloudSigma Solution
As a leading European cloud provider, CloudSigma focuses on flexibility, performance and excellent customer support. It’s offerings happen through European companies and locations providing 100% European law compliant solutions without exposure to the US patriot act or other legal jurisdictions and complications.
CloudSigma is one of the most customizable cloud providers on the market. Primarily because customers are able to provision compute processing, storage, networks and other fundamental computing resources. Also, this is done at the client’s discretion, meaning CPU, RAM, Storage and bandwidth can be purchased independently to allow the best combination of cloud resources without the limitation of fixed server sizes. Similarly, customer deployments are like snowflakes; unique.
CloudSigma does not just aim to be the provider with the best customization in the world, but also to provide its customers with the best customer service. The slogan of CloudSigma is “big enough to deliver and small enough to care”. All customers receive 24/7 live chat and email ticketing support for free with a responsive service. For example, half of all live chats get a response in less than 15 seconds. Additionally, every single customer of CloudSigma, big or small – gets a dedicated account manager to take care of their account.
A non-hierarchical and flexible organizational structure ensures efficient communication between the company and its customers. As a result, this company management structure facilitates direct interaction. This allows CloudSigma staff to quickly understand user pains and provide effective technical support and feedback into our development process.
“At CloudSigma we have a long track record of working with international and academic institutions who utilise the GÉANT network heavily. We are therefore delighted to be deepening our collaboration with Dante to offer new services in a more integrated way together.”Robert Jenkin, CEO @ CloudSigma
CloudSigma has partnered with many academic organizations already connected to the GÉANT network. This has happened after common participation in a number of research and innovation projects facilitated by the FP7 and H2020 European funding programs. The company has forged excellent working relationships with universities and research institutions such as the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Westminster University, Brunel University, the Technical University of Berlin, Paderborn University, the National Technical University of Athens and many more. CloudSigma has gained detailed insight into the specific computing requirements of each partner. Thus, allowing for the provisioning and optimization of on-demand testing and research environments. Subsequently, these academic organizations have been able to benefit from a neutral platform with flexible resource configuration, and a highly knowledgeable support team located in Europe.
CloudSigma has collaborated with a number of intergovernmental organisations such as the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). Each of these partners has benefitted from the excellent price-performance ratio offered by CloudSigma. They’ve also taken advantage of the efficient resource purchasing and improved virtual infrastructure configuration.
GÉANT is Europe’s leading collaboration on network and related infrastructure and services for the benefit of research and education. It has a major contribution to Europe’s economic growth and competitiveness. The organization develops, delivers and promotes advanced network and associated e-infrastructure services. It also supports innovation and knowledge-sharing amongst its members, partners and the wider research and education networking community. For more information visit www.geant.org, follow GÉANT on Twitter and read the latest blog posts at blog.geant.org.
CloudSigma is a pure-cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider. Our main goal is to enable the digital economy through its flexible, enterprise-class hybrid cloud servers and hosting solutions worldwide. CloudSigma is unarguably the most customizable cloud provider on the market today. Our customers have full control over their cloud and no imposed restrictions on how their computing resources are deployed. With CloudSigma, customers can provision processing, storage, networks and other fundamental computing resources as they please. As well as extend private networks out of existing infrastructure and elastically fit into CloudSigma’s IaaS cloud. That is to say, this allows them to create easy to manage and transparent hybrid cloud solutions. For more information, please visit www.cloudsigma.com or find the company on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+.
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