The Open Cloud for Research Environments (OCRE) Project, an example to follow?

Cloud-based services offer the European research community a wealth of powerful tools. However, for many researchers, these are currently out of reach, with suitable services difficult to find and select. OCRE was launched in 2019 to cope with their specific needs.  

OCRE stands for Open Clouds for Research Environments. It was designed to address researchers expectations by running a pan-European tender and establishing framework agreements with cloud service providers that meet the specific requirements of the research community.  

The OCRE Service Offer
  • Commercial Digital Services
    • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS)
    • Software as a Service (SaaS), on-demand software offerings
  • Earth Observation Services
    • Data collected by the European Earth Observation programme, Copernicus, will be made available through a number of Data and Information Access Services (DIAS)

The OCRE Cloud Catalogue

The OCRE Catalogue displays the compliant Cloud-based digital service providers who have been contracted to supply the European Research and Academic communities by means of the OCRE framework.

Institutes seeking to procure services in support of their cloud strategies can select from a list of local providers by selecting their home country using the map below.

By selecting a country below, you will also find information about the NREN (National Research and Education Network) as well as their cloud contact who can provide support in procuring the available services.

OCRE & Copernicus

OCRE will encourage more EO Services on the Copernicus DIAS, the Data and Information Access Services providing centralised access to Copernicus data and information, as well as to processing tools, enabling the research community to find and consume these services.