OCRE actively engages European NRENs to aggregate demand and ensure that institutions across Europe benefit from the volume discounts and adoption funding offered by the initiative.
To this aim, GÉANT recommends that NRENs create a unique web-page dedicated to this with a list of their participating institutions with the URL to be submitted to GÉANT for the tender documents. It will remain the responsibility of the NREN to ensure that this URL remains up and running until the OCRE initiative comes to a close.
The framework agreements to be signed by GÉANT will be valid for four years until 2024. This will ensure continuity beyond the duration of the OCRE project . The providers selected in the tenders will become an integral part of the EOSC service catalogue and will be connected to the GÉANT data network and the community’s single sign-on (SSO) systems, bringing them into the heart of the research community’s ICT ecosystem!
OCRE requires an efficient delivery channel and will, therefore, fold demand into the largest possible groups, by pointing institutions towards buyer groups and smaller buyer groups towards larger buyer groups.
Making the contracts available to the group members (similar to the ‘Referrer’ role in the GÉANT 2016 IaaS tender)
Acting as a lead buyer (optional), where the coordinator purchases services from suppliers and then distributes the acquired resources to the group members (similar to the 'Underwriter' role in the GÉANT 2016 IaaS tender).
|Tender||Open Procedure under the
Dutch Public Procurement Act (Aanbestedingswet 2012, rev. 2016)
|Reasoning: Brexit. GÉANT Association
|Framework Agreement||Contract law of Ireland
|Reasoning: English and Irish law are Common Law, the most practical international common legal language. Avoids interpreting national legislation per NREN country.|
In early and mid-2019 OCRE reached out to its NREN network through GÉANT and gathered expressions of interest to be included in the OCRE Tender. This resulted in coverage of 39 countries through their respective NRENs. (See the list of NRENs in the OCRE Tender).
Due to Brexit, GÉANT Association is now solely registered in Amsterdam. The OCRE tender will be conducted under the procurement law of the Netherlands (NL), called AW12. This procurement law conforms to EU procurement directive 2014/24/EU with some national implementation specifics.
Specifically, which paragraph and clause in NL procurement law govern the "naming" or "identifying" of procuring institutions? Guidance by OCRE on how an NREN can correctly do this.
The reference to naming or identifying institutions is not further specified in the letter of the law. However, it is the considered assessment of the tender team and advisors familiar with NL procurement practice that the submission of a list of named institutions is required. GÉANT recommends NRENs to create a unique web-page on the NREN’s website with a list of their participating institutions and to submit the URL to GÉANT for the tender documents. It is the responsibility of the NREN to ensure that this URL is reachable until the OCRE framework ends.
(As of October 2019) It is the considered assessment of the GEANT tender team that minor updates to the list, (i.e. due to some institutions joining/leaving/changing) can be made during the lifetime of the tender as long as this does not substantially affect the potential market size visible to service suppliers.
The plausible error scenario here involves an institution making a call-off from the framework and a different supplier (within or outside the framework) disputing the institution’s eligibility to consume under the framework. This will most plausibly take the form of a complaint communicated to the institution and this should be reasonably handled from there. Such a complaint represents a risk to the tender-compliance of that call-off transaction but is unlikely to threaten the country-specific framework contract involved, nor the validity of the tender as a whole. As long as the above guidance for clearly identifying consuming institutions is followed by the NREN, the likelihood of a complaint against an institutional call-off is considered to be very low.
(As of Oct. 2019) The intent of OCRE is to procure services for the institutions represented by the NRENs. The exact types of institutions admissible under OCRE are not further restricted explicitly.
(As of Oct. 2019) The scope of OCRE’s first cloud service tender is IaaS+ services, i.e. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) with Platform and Software services (PaaS, SaaS) that address reasonable support functions for IaaS installations or address institutional and research-focused data processing, compute and storage needs. IaaS+ services must be available in the respective platform’s marketplace and implemented and operated by the IaaS provider on their infrastructure. That means Azure, AWS and GoogleCloudPlatform-branded services are in, third-party SaaS services hosted e.g. in AWS are out.
There will also be a “Earth Observation” tender for Copernicus satellite data processing services built on the DIAS platform.
There will most likely be an additional tender for document-centric productivity and collaboration SaaS services.
Colocation describes the hosting in a data centre of customer-owned and -supplied hardware. This is out of scope here, as all OCRE services are based on IaaS.