Making Cloud SLAs readily usable in the EU private sector

Andres Steijaert, GÉANT - The Netherlands

The Netherlands

Andres Steijaert is activity leader for the European cloud service efforts at GÉANT: the pan-European data network dedicated to the research and education community, connecting 50 million users in 10.000 organizations.
In GÉANT cloud specialists from the European National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) work together to deliver cloud services to the research and education community, with the right conditions of use. The team aggregates demand, works on cloud standardization and interoperability (on legal and technical aspects) and negotiates integrated brokerage and service delivery. Through this work, GÉANT represents the NRENs and aligns the demand and supply sides of the clouds market.
At SURFnet, as a member of the SURF-taskforce Cloud, Andres coordinates the efforts from the higher education institutes to jointly benefit from cloud services. Andres initiated and directed the cloud brokerage and vendor management activities at SURF. Previously he worked as program manager on the development of the SURFconext collaboration infrastructure, a middleware framework which interconnects cloud vendors and higher education organizations in the Netherlands. Andres is a frequent speaker, nationally and internationally on cloud computing.