News - To ensure that educational and research institutions can continue their legitimate use of virtualisation products and user profile management tools, SURFmarket began a European tender procedure, which has since been published.
News - Institutions connected to SURFnet can now link their institution's infrastructure directly to the Microsoft cloud with SURFlichtpaden. SURFnet is working under the agreement that the European umbrella organisation GÉANT concluded with Microsoft. GÉANT is the first non-commercial party in the world with direct links via ExpressRoute.
News - In June, 2 Requests For Proposals (RFP) for SURFnet8 were issued: one for the photonic layer and one for the service layer. A new tendering procedure for the service layer will be launched because the number of qualified parties was insufficient for the competitive dialogue. This will not affect the procedure for the photonic layer.
News - The SURFnet Network Dashboard provides institutions with an overview of all SURFnet network services. In the first release, infrastructure managers and infrastructure administrators can view ports, network services purchased and traffic graphs.
News - The timeline within the 2017 European telephony tender launched by SURFmarket for educational institutions has been slightly adjusted. This process involves representatives from various education sectors.
News - The Lisa Compute Cluster has been successfully moved from Almere to the new SURFsara data center at Amsterdam Science Park. The system is back online for regular use, after one week without service.
News - The EU and the United States have reached a new agreement on the exchange of data (personal data). The so-called Privacy Shield was approved by the European Commission on 12 July and has come into force immediately. The Privacy Shield is the successor to Safe Harbor, which was declared invalid in October 2015.
News - The international consortium of researchers connected to the patient-driven Project MinE has identified two new genes that increase the risk of the fatal neurodegenerative disease ALS. In order to realise large, safe and fast storage as well as analysis of the genetic data, project MinE works together with SURFnet and SURFsara.
News - SURFsara's new data centre at the Amsterdam Science Park was delivered on schedule on 1 July by builder and developer Telecity Group. SURFsara will rent 2 floors in the 72-meter-high building for the national high-performance-computing infrastructure.
News - Introducing Softdrive by SURFsara: a new service which makes installing software much easier for users of our Grid infrastructure and other distributed infrastructures. Software installed onto Softdrive becomes available on multiple systems automatically, but can be managed from a single location.
News - Weekend update July 2 2016
News - On Thursday, June 30th on 14.30h SURFsara encountered a problem with the hardware and software of one of its firewalls.
News - Getting started with learning analytics is mostly a case of jumping in at the deep end. Luckily, though, you don't have to reinvent the wheel. SURFnet has started an experiment to enable learning analytics to be applied in practice and will share all of the relevant information resulting from this experiment.
News - During the 21st PRACE Council Meeting on 22 June 2016 in Frankfurt, Prof Dr Ir Anwar Osseyran, director of SURFsara, was elected Chair of the PRACE Council, and Dr Sergi Girona of BSC was elected Vice-Chair.
News - SURFmarket is launching a European tender to ensure that education and research institutions can continue their legitimate use of the virtualisation products VMWare and Citrix and RES user profile management tools. A survey of participating institutions is currently under way.