Sparkle for Research and Education

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Powering the Move to the Cloud of the European R&E Community

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Cloud technologies offer powerful tools to the research and education community; with the recent push for online courses and remote learning, cloud-based platforms are more important than ever.

Since 2016 Sparkle works with major institutions and cloud service providers enabling research and education organizations to provision services avoiding time-consuming and costly procurement processes.

In this context, at the end of 2020 Sparkle was awarded as Google Cloud integrator within the Open Clouds for Research Environments (OCRE) Framework promoted by a consortium incorporating CERN, RHEA, Trust-IT and led by GÉANT, Europe's leading organization supporting the uptake of digital services for the benefit of universities and research entities.

Sparkle and the OCRE Cloud Framework Agreement

The OCRE Cloud Framework is a standardized contractual vehicle and procurement process offering to the R&E community an easy, safe, predictable and controlled modality to purchase cloud solutions and ancillary professional services. 

Under the OCRE Framework Agreement Sparkle is Google Cloud integrator and provider of professional services to support the move to the cloud of R&E institutions in 27 European countries. The cloud competence centre activity provided by Sparkle is carried out in collaboration with NOOVLE, the TIM Group centre of excellence for Cloud and Edge computing.

Services are offered in 27 countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

Cloud technologies provide virtualized computing resources ranging from compute, storage, database and networking to machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and security. Cloud technologies are accessible via Internet, available on-demand and on a pay-per-use modality and highly scalable, thus representing an ideal solution for academic research characterized by workloads that are either temporary, experimental or subject to unexpected variations.

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About Sparkle

Sparkle is a leading global service provider offering a full range of ICT solutions, global connectivity, services and capabilities designed to meet the fast changing needs of Enterprises, Internet Service Providers, OTTs, Media & Content Players, Application Service Providers as well as Fixed and Mobile Operators. Thanks to a state-of-the-art global backbone of over 600,000 kms of fiber and through an extensive worldwide commercial presence distributed over 32 countries, Sparkle ranks #5 for IP globally and is among the top players for international voice traffic. Through a rich portfolio of services, a cutting edge network based on the latest technologies, a globally distributed sales force and advanced customer care capabilities, Sparkle is able to fulfil its mission of providing customers with top performing and tailored solutions worldwide. Enriched by its cultural variety and diversity, Sparkle is always committed to excellent relationships with all its stakeholders and operates with constant attention to maintain a safe environment where Partners, Customers, Suppliers and Employees can live and work better.

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