GEANT Infrastructure as a Service

GEANT Infrastructure as a Service

The GEANT Project has an objective to leverage network connectivity, identity management and other established services to help accelerate the adoption of cloud services.

United Kingdom-Cambridge: Software package and information systems

2016/S 080-142458

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

GEANT Limited
City House, 126-130 Hills Road
For the attention of: Procurement Manager
CB2 1PQ Cambridge
Telephone: +44 1223371300
Fax: +44 1223371371

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.3)Main activity

Other: research and education networks

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

GIP Renater
23-25 rue Daviel
75013 Paris

Zikova 4
160 00 Praha 6

Kastruplundgade 22, 1
2770 Kastrup

Library Avenue, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus
OX11 0SG Didcot

Rue de la Science 4
1000 Brussels

Gourko Str 6
1000 Sofia

Ulica Josipa Marohnica 5
10000 Zagreb

Kallipoleos 75
1678 Lefkosia

Raekoja Plats 14
51004 Tartu

Alexanderstraße 1
10178 Berlin

Mesogeion Av. 56
115 27 Athens

6 Surganova Street
220012 Minsk

Victor Hugo utca 18
1132 Budapest

1st Floor, 5 St George’s Dock, IFSC
1 Dublin

Computation Center, Tel Aviv University Campus, Ramat Aviv
69978 Tel Aviv

K Donelaicio 73
LT-44029 Kaunas

6, rue Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi
1359 Luxembourg

Bul. Krste Misirkov BB
1000 Skopje

Kantoren Hoog Overborch (Hoog Catharijne), Moreelsepark 48
3511 EP Utrecht

Abels Gate 5
7030 Trondheim

Tulegatan 11
SE-113 53 Stockholm

Avenida D. Carlos I, 126
1249-074 Lisbon

Strada Mendeleev nr. 21-25
010362 Bucharest

Studentski Trg 1
11000 Belgrade

Jamova 39
SI-1001 Ljubljana

Entidad pública empresarial (RedIRIS)
Edificio Bronce, 2a planta, Plaza Manuel Gómez Moreno, s/n
28020 Madrid

Werdstraße 2
8004 Zurich

168 Bd Stefan chel Mare
2004 Chisinau

10 Chovelidze St.
0108 Tbilisi

NTUU KPI, Building 2, of. 105 Politekhnichna Str. 33
03056 Kiev

Universitat Wien, Dr Karl Lueger-Ring 1
1010 Vienna

CSC — IT Center for Science Ltd (FUNET)
PO Box 405
FI-02101 Espoo

RicerkaNet (UoM)
University of Malta, University Campus, Tal-Qroqq
MSD 2080

Geant Vereniging
Singel 468 D
1017 AW Amsterdam

Danish e-Infrastructure Cooperation (DeIC)
Asmussens Allé, Bygning 305
2800 Kgs. Lyngby

AzScienceNet — Institute of Information Technology of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS)
9, F. Agayev Str
1141 Baku

Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia 1 (ASNET-AM)
P. Sevak str
0014 Yerevan

Intercollegiate Services Center and Telematic Network (ANA)
Rr. Sami Frasheri, Nr. 54
1001 Tirana

Section II: Object of the contract


II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

GEANT Infrastructure as a Service.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 7: Computer and related services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: The framework agreements are to enable pan-European coverage, although Economic Operators are welcome to offer solutions that are only available on a national or multi-national basis due to the adoption being driven through National Research and Education Networks (NRENs).

An NREN is a specialised internet service provider dedicated to supporting the needs of the research and education communities within a country as described at:

A NREN has a defined role and limited scope in terms of its user-base and the geographic territory in which it operates, i.e. a single country.
Each listed NREN will make the tender results solely available in the country where it operates in, to be adopted by the research and education institutions which make use of the services provided by the NREN. These institutions have a (joint) ownership of or contractual relationship with the NREN.
The user-base of the NRENs is as follows:
All listed NRENs provide services to research and higher education institutions in their respective countries.
These research and higher education institutions are organisations established by law, accredited or registered by government or public authority, for the purpose of education, science, research, development or public service.

In countries where the NREN serves a broader user-base than Higher education institutes and Research institutes, these institutional categories or named institutions are provided at: which leads to a web page on the NRENs’ website. On this web page, the NREN defines their market by 1 of the following descriptions:

a. Types of organisations (i.e. schools, hospital, libraries);
b. Public Connection policy / Access policy;
c. Named organisations.

For the avoidance of doubt the entities listed on this OJEU notice, the research and higher education institutions in their respective countries and the entities identified at are able to benefit from the framework agreements resulting from this procurement. Over the 4 years of the framework, this list is likely to change and Contracting Authorities who are eligible to be connected by an NREN shall also be considered eligible to use the framework.

Defined terms:
Higher education institutes provide services in the field of higher education, as defined by national law. This includes private and public higher education institutions, irrespective of the composition of funding and management bodies.

As described at:

Higher education institutes provide higher education, post-secondary education or 3rd level education as an optional final stage of formal learning that occurs after secondary education. Often delivered at universities, academies, colleges, seminaries and institutes of technology, higher education is also available through certain college-level institutions, including vocational schools, trade schools and other career colleges that award academic degrees or professional certifications.

As described at:

Higher education applies to academic programmes of study that may be entered by students holding either an appropriate school leaving certificate from an upper secondary school or other relevant professional qualifications or approved prior learning and/or prior experience. Providers may be universities, universities of professional studies, higher education institutions, colleges, polytechnics, etc.

As described at:

Research institutes are organisations which undertake creative and systematic work in order to increase the stock of knowledge — including knowledge of humankind, culture and society — and to devise new applications of available knowledge.
As described at: and

NUTS code

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement

II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 4

Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 300 000 000 and 500 000 000 EUR

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

This tender is part of the GEANT GN4 Phase 1 (GN4-1) project. GEANT (the GEANT Project) is a collaboration between 40 European Research and Education Networks (NRENs) and joint European organisations. An NREN is a specialised Internet service provider, dedicated to supporting research and education needs within its country. The Research and Education community within each country relies on its NREN to advise and guide in adopting IT and to provide the right solutions. NRENs participating in the GÉANT Project collectively support the Research and Education community in Europe (10 000 Institutions and more than 50 000 000 users) providing for its use:
— A high-speed network;
— An identity management, single sign-on ecosystem;
— Communication and collaboration services.
The GEANT Project has an objective to leverage network connectivity, identity management and other established services to help accelerate the adoption of cloud services and remove barriers for the NRENs and their Institutions, hereafter referred to as the Customers.
The purpose of the procurement initiative is to bridge the demand and supply sides for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). It is being conducted as an Open Procedure in accordance with the UK Public Contracts Regulations 2015 to:
— Make it easier for the Customers to consume IaaS solutions in a manner compliant with European procurement legislation and with the right conditions of use. By aggregating demand across the Customers and negotiating integrated brokerage and service delivery, the Customers will be able to get the best possible value from cloud services.
— Provide a direct route for Economic Operators to more easily and efficiently reach and deliver their IaaS solutions at large.
The tender aims to ensure that:
— Suppliers offer a IaaS feature set which matches the Customers’ needs;
— Data is handled safely and Suppliers meet European and national regulations;
— The Customers can aggregate demand and costs are affordable and predictable;
— Services can be acquired and used through the Customers’ purchasing and management structures;
— Services are connected to and compatible with the Customers network and Identity Management capabilities.
It is the intention that the conclusion of this procurement process will result in a number of Framework Agreements (as described in the tender documentation) for IaaS solutions awarded to Tenderers who pass the Call for Competition evaluation, resulting in a portfolio of services for the Customers to consume. The Frameworks will provide standardised contract terms for use by NRENs and their client institutions. This will remove or will at least significantly reduce, the local overhead for technical, commercial or legal activities typically required when engaging new Suppliers. As a result, this procurement will significantly reduce the barriers for the Customers to consume IaaS solutions.

GEANT (Limited and Association), the NRENs listed in this OJEU (including the research and higher education institutions receiving connectivity from the NREN) plus any entities listed in addition at are entitled to benefit from this procurement.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

48000000, 72000000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no


This contract is divided into lots: no

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 300 000 000 and 500 000 000 EUR

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

Participants will be advised if this is necessary during the procurement. Parent company and/or other guarantees of performance and financial stability may be required by GEANT or proposed by participants if considered appropriate.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

No specific legal form is required but if a contract is awarded to a consortium, GEANT may require the consortium to form a separate legal entity before entering into any Contract.

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

No specific legal form is required but if a contract is awarded to a consortium, GEANT may require the consortium to form a separate legal entity before entering into any Contract.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation

III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Candidates’ personal situation will be assessed on the basis of information provided in response to the Tender.
This procurement will be managed electronically via GEANT’s e-Procurement platform where all tender documents can be found. To participate in this procurement, participants must 1st be registered on:

Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS numbers (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so. Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at

Once you have registered at a registered user can express an interest for a specific procurement.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Candidates’ economic and financial capacity will be assessed according to the criteria set out within the Tender documentation.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Candidates’ technical capacity will be assessed according to the criteria set out within the Tender documentation.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no

III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2015/S 090-161807 of 9.5.2015

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

24.5.2016 – 09:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up


IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): GN4-1 — 691567.
VI.3)Additional information
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: GEANT Limited will incorporate a standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. The standstill period, which will be for a minimum of 10 calendar days provides time for unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into. The Public contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2015 No 102) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:



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