GÉANT IaaS Framework Agreement with COMPAREX                                for Research & Education

Who is eligible?

Almost all Research and Education institutions, including Universities, within 24 countries across Europe.

Eligible countries are: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg, Macedonia, The Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

What are the benefits of the framework agreement?

  • access to cloud-based Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) technology under special commercial terms

  • no need to complete a full OJEU tender process for every new IaaS contract

  • high discounts that are only available under this framework agreement

  • one-stop availability of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure

  • GÉANT and your NREN (national research and education network) can provide procurement and technical advice to their member institutions and may assist in brokering contracts under the framework on behalf of individual institutions

  • Alternatively, setting up agreements without NREN involvement directly with COMPAREX is possible within the framework as well

What COMPAREX offers to GÉANT framework customers

  • Response to queries via phone calls and emails, with fast acknowledgement times

  • Specialist and independent advice regarding the advantages for options under Microsoft Azure and AWS agreements, as well as deployment options

  • Fast and accurate vendor agreement set-up

  • Cloud migration services and planning workshops


COMPAREX is a global IT provider specializing in license management, sourcing, technical product consulting and cloud-based professional services. COMPAREX serves research and education institutions, the public sector and businesses of any size. The COMPAREX Group employs more than 2,450 people at over 80 locations in 35 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

COMPAREX is Managed Microsoft partner and keeps close relationships to Microsoft worldwide so we can provide the best conditions for you – our customers. COMPAREX currently holds 15 Gold and 4 Silver Microsoft Partner Competencies, including the Gold Cloud Platform (Azure) competency.

With more than 20 years of experience in Microsoft Volume Licensing, COMPAREX is one of the leading Licensing Solution Providers (LSP). Additionally, COMPAREX is Authorized Commercial Reseller for Amazon Web Services.

What special commercial terms and services are available under this framework?

Under this framework special commercial terms for Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services as well as Managed Services are available as follows:

Microsoft has compiled a commercial package including high discounts only available under this framework. In addition, COMPAREX has fixed prices for many relevant Microsoft Azure products - offering customers pricing at levels of February 2017 for the framework’s duration until 1 January 2021.

For Amazon Web Services under this framework, COMPAREX offers discounts of up to 4% based on an aggregated monthly spend from all GÉANT customers of over €100,000.

For all GÉANT customers signing a Microsoft Azure contract with COMPAREX, we will offer our Cloud Consumption Monitoring (CCM) service included (with only an initial setup fee of up to €1,000).

Our CCM dashboard provides in-depth and meaningful data regarding your Microsoft Office 365 usage and Azure consumption. You can therefore manage your cloud costs and create a reliable budget. The system even provides email notifications to keep you updated on defined Azure budget thresholds and prevents you from unexpected expenditures.

Further details regarding the COMPAREX Cloud Consumption Monitoring (CCM) service can be found here.

COMPAREX offers extensive capability in cloud consultancy and wider professional services. For any GÉANT customer requiring cloud planning, activation or implementation support, COMPAREX’s specialists can offer workshops and services. Our priority is to support customers in developing an optimised and cost-effective cloud estate, tailored to their individual requirements.

COMPAREX also offers our Unified Cloud Management (UCM) service, which provides comprehensive support for the migration of Microsoft Office 365. Further details can be found here.


What is GÉANT?

GÉANT runs a pan-European network available to over 50 million users at 10,000 research and higher education institutions. Their focus is on providing advanced high-speed infrastructure access, enabling European researchers to lead international collaboration. The GÉANT Project runs the most advanced and best connected research and education network in the world.

GÉANT Limited is a not-for-profit organisation, owned by its core membership of 41 National Research and Education Networks (NRENs). An NREN is an organisation which runs a high speed network for participating Research and Education institutions in their country. Each country’s NREN acts as a specialised internet service provider dedicated to supporting the needs of the Research & Education communities within their geographical area.

More information on the GÉANT Project and GÉANT Network can be found here.

Our COMPAREX experts are here to support you

Our teams are available across Europe to offer bespoke advice to GÉANT customers. Our Cloud Specialists can support Research and Education organisations on a local or regional basis to understand the technical and licensing options available. We offer to fully scope our customers’ cloud requirements and provide all support needed to develop an efficient and secure cloud infrastructure for you.

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