Education and research network Janet has added Logicalis to a list of approved datacentre and cloud services providers which already includes education services provider Eduserv and BPO outfit Liberata, as well as HP and Dell.
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Under the terms of the framework, Logicalis will offer datacentre hosting and cloud services, as well as private and hybrid on-site solutions and IaaS, to hgigher education insitutions across the country.
Logicalis UK managing director Tom Kelly said the firm had been a long-standing partner to the education sector for some time.
"With this new framework Janet is extending its track record of service excellence into one of the biggest investment areas for the sector," he said.
Janet is expected to announce three more suppliers in the near future. In conjunction with its newly formed Janet Brokerage service, it is hoped that the wide ranging framework, which offers services ranging from colocation through to cloud infrastructure services to any institution with a Janet connection, will drive uptake of cloud in the UK eduction sector.
Said Kelly: "As we have seen at Loughborough University, where £2.5m was saved through the adoption of Logicalis' Janet-enabled hybrid cloud solutions and services, the power of cloud to unlock money so it can be directed at where an institution needs it most is now not in doubt."
Janet strategic business head Dan Perry added: "We've managed to establish a framework, which is agile enough for everyone on the Janet network, in a remarkably short space of time. Institutions are queuing up to use it, with our support, to help them move to cloud computing and data centres."