The OCRE tender has been postponed to mid January 2020 pending further refinements to strategic documentation.
The aim of the tender is to stimulate the adoption of commercial digital services by the European research community by aggregating demand side requirements and facilitating the entrance of commercial cloud providers. OCRE states, "Given our need to conduct the process in accordance with the 2014/24/EU procurement directive, we’re having to make some final tweaks and are working closely with our colleagues in the European Commission to ensure successful tenders result seamlessly in valid framework agreements.”
OCRE's tender provides opportunities to suppliers even past the project duration. To ensure availability beyond the duration of the OCRE project, the framework agreements will be valid for four years from Q1 2020 up until Q1 2024 and will be signed by GÉANT. Providers will thus become an integral part of the European Open Science Cloud service catalogue, envisioned as becoming a single marketplace for digital services for all European researchers.
Providers selected via the tender will also be connected to the GÉANT data network and the community’s single sign-on (SSO) systems. This will place them at the heart of the research community’s ICT ecosystem and within easy reach of some 10,000 institutions.
In anticipation of the new release date, updates and new information on the tender process as well as other areas of the project will be made available via a webinar to be held at the end of November.