In addition to the SURF office, the SURF organisation also includes 3 operating companies: SURFnet, SURFmarket and SURFsara. SURF services are provided independently by these operating companies, each of which has its own field of operation. The office focuses on coordination at an administrative level.
The operating companies work to implement the joint mission and the ambitions laid out in SURF's Strategic Plan. Together, the various operating companies and the Netherlands eScience Center ensure that the various e-infrastructure components are provided to end users in the form of integrated services.
Three operating companies
The SURF organisation is made up of the SURF office and 3 operating companies: SURFnet, SURFmarket and SURFsara. SURF services are provided by these independent operating companies, each of which has its own field of operation. The office focuses on coordination at an administrative level and facilitating the statutory bodies of the cooperation. Both the SURF office and the operating companies collaborate with national and international partners.
SURFnet ensures that researchers, lecturers and students can work together in a simple and robust manner using ICT. To enable the most effective use of ICT, SURFnet supports, develops and operates advanced, reliable and interconnected ICT infrastructure networks.
SURFmarket and SURFspot
SURFmarket is the prime ICT marketplace for education and research, and also facilitates the use of ICT. SURFmarket negotiates with ICT providers on behalf of institutions connected to SURF, offering them a selection of software, cloud services, digital content, ICT services and hardware, and all at competitive prices. The SURFspot online store offers staff and students discounted software and other ICT products for home use.
SURFsara is the Netherlands' national supercomputing centre. It provides high-quality computing services for academic research and education in the Netherlands. SURFsara also launches initiatives that encourage the transfer of technology to industry. SURFsara supplies high-performance computing (HPC) services, data storage, network research and visualisations to the academic and business communities.
In addition to its operating companies, SURF is also involved with other organisations. In 2010, SURF and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO, an academic funding agency) founded a new institute: the Netherlands eScience Center, currently the most advanced centre for eScience knowledge and expertise in the Netherlands.