Janet cloud framework adds Fujitsu to list of suppliers

News Miya Knights Feb 13, 2012

Research and education network reveals suppliers in next step towards specialist cloud services

Fujitsu has today confirmed it is the sixth to be named as a supplier for the cloud procurement framework established by Janet.

The UK education and research network revealed it had selected the first eight suppliers for the dedicated, specialist procurement framework late last week. But only five of them were named. These include Dell, Eduserv, HP, Liberata and Logicalis.

However, while Janet said the other supplier contracts were in the process of being finalised, Fujitsu today confirmed with Cloud Pro it is the sixth supplier to sign up to the cloud services framework.

Tom Roche, head of public sector sales at Fujitsu UK & Ireland, stated: “Being awarded a place on the Janet framework is testament to the work that the Fujitsu team has already delivered through various cloud initiatives in the public and private sector.

“We know we can deliver considerable savings and organisational agility through our range of cloud services, which encompasses private, public and hybrid offerings.”

The other suppliers also already offer cloud services to UK research and educational organisations.

Eduserv, for example, already hosts four UK university software-as-a-service (SaaS) pilots on its Education Cloud, which makes both OpenStack and VMware vCloud compute and storage via the Janet network backbone.

Systems integrator Logicalis last summer also released a new cloud platform, connecting to Janet, offering a researchers access to high-performance computing (HPC) resources.

Janet said its framework is the first of its kind to offer such specialised cloud computing services, which will include colocation and cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) capabilities.

End-user organisations will also procure and manage these Janet-compatible cloud services via its also newly formed, Janet Brokerage service.

Together, the framework agreements and brokerage are aimed at saving institutions time and money on individual cloud IT tender processes that also comply with related European Union legislation.

The government-funded network added that its brokerage was already in discussions with a number of universities and other public sector bodies.

Dan Perry, head of strategic business at Janet, stated that institutions were “queuing up” to use the framework as the springboard for a move to cloud computing and external data centre capacity.

“We’ve managed to establish a framework, which is agile enough for everyone on the Janet network, in a remarkably short space of time,” he said, adding that previous Janet frameworks – such as the London Grid for Learning – have saved the sector millions of pounds.

The London Grid for Learning telecommunications framework made net savings of £50 million in 2010.