Enabling innovation for education and research Institutes

By working with OCRE, we will accelerate cloud adoption and enhance capabilities in the Education and Research community. This page will be regularly updated with all the latest news and events that will help you find all the information you need about OCRE and the advantages of procuring Microsoft Azure services through the OCRE framework.

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Who are OCRE?

With a total of 473 different entries in the catalogue, OCRE has made it easy to find what is available in each country. When entering into the catalogue, the user encounters a map of Europe. A country’s individual catalogue of available services is accessed by simply clicking on that country. Each entry includes a link to detailed information about the platform and a contact email address which can be used to request a quote.

OCRE Project Director David Heyns (GÉANT) said, “I am really excited by the opportunities this framework provides for the institutes, the NRENs, the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), and the successful suppliers of these services. We look forward to showcasing the tremendous benefits that consumable commercial cloud-based services bring to the research and education community in Europe in terms of agility, flexibility and vastly improved outcomes.”

OCRE NREN Liaison and Rollout Coordinator Dr. Jakob Tendel (DFN) said, “OCRE offloads a large amount of cloud procurement work and increases community trust for NRENs and their institutions across Europe by delivering legally solid framework contracts. The service portfolio covers even more services than the previous GÉANT Cloud Framework, from do-it-all hyperscale offerings to more custom services, European and overseas providers, and supporting a wide range of data protection compliance requirements.”

The OCRE Cloud Framework and OCRE Cloud Catalogue will support state-of-the-art research and explore new ways forward for procuring, funding and using in-demand digital solutions while benefiting from volume discounts. In short, this allows research institutions to avoid bureaucratic barriers that prevent researchers from easy access to these cloud services.

Browse through the catalogue now by clicking on the the button below.

OCRE Cloud Catalogue

Why Phoenix?

With a 30-year history, Phoenix works strategically with Microsoft at both a UK and global level enabling us to provide the best solutions and outcomes for you – our customers and the staff, students and communities that you serve.

As an Azure Expert MSP, we also hold some of the highest accreditations with Microsoft including 11 Gold and 3 Silver Microsoft Partner Competencies as well as been a Surface PC Authorised Reseller. In addition, we have earnt three Microsoft Advanced Specialisations, two of which are Azure-based covering:

  • Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop Advanced Specialization
  • Windows Server and SQL Server Migration to Microsoft Azure Advanced Specialization

Our dedicated Education Team and Cloud Specialists can support research and education organisations across the UK to understand the technical and licensing options available. We offer to fully scope our customers’ cloud requirements and provide all the support needed to develop, build and deploy an efficient and secure cloud infrastructure for you.

Microsoft Azure Expert MSP

Why Microsoft Azure?

Microsoft Azure is the perfect choice for research and education. It allows quick and easy access to very powerful computing environments where complex data can be analysed, stored and shared easily and securely. It also gives researchers access to tools which can turn data into insights and enable them to collaborate with others quickly and securely to accelerate discovery.

90% of Fortune 500 Companies use the Microsoft Cloud

Microsoft’s time-tested approach to privacy is grounded in our commitment to give customers control over the collection, use, and distribution of customer data.

Find out more about our commitment to data privacy here and how Microsoft Azure can help customers stay focussed on their core business while efficiently becoming compliant with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). Find out more here.

Trust the cloud that helps protect your work

To help organisations comply with national, regional and industry-specific requirements governing the collection and use of individuals’ data, Microsoft provides the most comprehensive set of compliance offerings (including certifications and attestations) of any cloud service provider. Find out more here.

Microsoft Azure delivers unmatched hybrid capabilities

Microsoft provide seamless, secure hybrid cloud capabilities across infrastructure, data, users, apps and management. With Microsoft Azure, you can take the investments they’ve made in data and intellectual property and extend from on-premise to the cloud, or vice versa. Microsoft Azure provides the portability to move technology investments, whether open source or not, from cloud to on-premise and vice versa. Consistency helps reduce the risk and cost of a hybrid cloud environment by enabling a common set of skills and offering portability of applications and workloads. Microsoft Azure offers hybrid consistency everywhere: in application development, management and security, identity management, and across the data platform. And you can even save up to 40% when migrating Windows Server virtual machines to Microsoft Azure using the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.

Accelerate discovery and innovation with unmatched intelligence

Microsoft Azure is the only public cloud that provides Cognitive APIs, Bots, Machine Learning and Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) capabilities for developers and data scientists. Build intelligent solutions at scale by pairing these capabilities with powerful GPU-based compute to accelerate deep learning, enable HPC simulations, and conduct real-time data analytics using Azure N-Series Virtual Machines.

Top workloads on Microsoft Azure and more

Here are just some of the top workloads on Azure. Find a full list here.

  • Virtual Machines – Access to powerful computing environments, fast
  • Storage – Durable, highly available and massively scalable cloud storage for your research data
  • Network Connectivity – Expanding existing data center with Microsoft Cloud and simpler management
  • Website and WebApp Hosting – Build, deploy and maintain Websites and Apps
  • Data Sharing – Collaborate, build communities around research results and accelerate the speed of discovery
  • Backup and Disaster Recovery – Ensure work continuity without the expense of secondary infrastructure
  • Cortana Intelligence Suite – Turn Research data into Insights
  • IoT Suite – Fully realize benefits of a connected world
  • Security – 20 years of experience and expertise
  • Privacy and Compliance – The largest compliance portfolio in the industry

Get in touch

Talk to our dedicated Education Team today about the advantages and benefits of the OCRE Cloud Framework and the many advances and innovations that Microsoft Azure can unlock for your institution.

Call us on 01904 562200, email OCRE@phoenixs.co.uk or complete the form opposite.