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Interconnection of Backbone Networks for Cloud Federations – Studies

Last update: Jan 12, 2024 Last update: Jan 12, 2024

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Location:EU 27EU 27
Contracting Authority Type:Development Institution
Status:Awarded
Budget: EUR 3,000,000
Award ceiling: EUR 1,000,000
Award floor: N/A
Sector:Information & Communication Technology, Research
Languages:English
Eligible applicants:Unrestricted / Unspecified
Eligible nationalities:EU 27, Anguilla, Aruba, Bermuda, ... See more EU 27, Anguilla, Aruba, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean Netherlands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, French Polynesia, French Southern Territory, Greenland, Montserrat, New Caledonia, Pitcairn, Saint Helena, St. Pierre and Miquelon, Turks and Caicos, Wallis and Futuna
Date posted: Oct 12, 2022

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Call Updates

Nov 7, 2023 10:53:45 AM

The Commission has now completed the evaluation of the proposals submitted to the above-mentioned call.

The results of the evaluation per topic are as follows:

Topic: CEF-DIG-2022-CLOUD-FED-STUDIES

Number of proposals submitted: 2

Number of inadmissible proposals: 0

Number of ineligible proposals: 0

Number of above-threshold proposals: 1

Total budget requested for above-threshold proposals: EUR 458,000

We recently informed the applicants about the evaluation results for their proposals.

It is expected that the first grant agreements will be signed by November 2023.

Please note that the number of proposals that can finally be funded will depend on the finally available budget and the formal selection by the Commission.


 

Oct 19, 2023 11:38:53 AM

The Commission has now completed the evaluation of the proposals submitted to the above-mentioned call.

The results of the evaluation per topic are as follows:

Topic: CEF-DIG-2022-CLOUD-FED-STUDIES

Number of proposals submitted: 2

Number of inadmissible proposals: 0

Number of ineligible proposals: 0

Number of above Threshold proposals: 1

Total budget requested for above-threshold proposals: EUR 458,000

We recently informed the applicants about the evaluation results for their proposals.

It is expected that the first grant agreements will be signed by November 2023.

Please note that the number of proposals that can finally be funded will depend on the finally available budget and the formal selection by the Commission.


Mar 23, 2023 9:36:05 PM

A total of 2 proposals were submitted in response to this call.


Jan 30, 2023 11:49:54 AM

The submission session is now available for: CEF-DIG-2022-CLOUD-FED-STUDIES(CEF-PJG)


Jan 29, 2023 12:32:51 PM

Please note that the submission deadline for call CEF-DIG-2022-CLOUD has been extended until 21 March 2023, 17:00:00 CET (Brussels time).

Section 4 (Timetable and deadlines) of the call document has been updated accordingly.


Oct 12, 2022 12:05:18 PM

The submission session is now available for: CEF-DIG-2022-CLOUD-FED-STUDIES(CEF-PJG)


Interconnection of backbone networks for cloud federations – Studies

TOPIC ID: CEF-DIG-2022-CLOUD-FED-STUDIES

Programme: Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)
Call: Backbone networks for pan-European cloud federations (CEF-DIG-2022-CLOUD)
Type of action: CEF-PJG CEF Project Grants
Type of MGA: CEF Action Grant Budget-Based [CEF-AG]
Deadline model: single-stage
Planned opening date: 12 October 2022
Deadline date: 23 February 2023 17:00:00 Brussels time

Topic description
 
Objective:

Among others, CEF Digital aims to stimulate the commercial offering of cloud services throughout the EU. The cloud capacity needs be strengthened and users provided with access to multiple computing resources as a result of the projects supported by CEF. New cloud infrastructures would also gradually need to be interconnected with other cloud, high-performance computing (HPC) and edge infrastructures.

The studies under this topic should explore the needs and prepare for future deployment of Gigabit links for the interconnection between socio-economic drivers, which are public administrations or public or private entities entrusted with the operation of services of general interest (SGIs) or of services of general economic interest (SGEIs), and backbone networks for cloud federations. Currently, market forces are not providing sufficient answers to the challenge of adequate interconnection with cloud providers. Future deployments should take place where existing infrastructure cannot satisfy proper seamless functioning of resources from different providers, and also where there is a lack of the necessary redundancy to guarantee the reliability and resilience of cloud connectivity that can ensure adequate, safe and secure connectivity for the Gigabit society.

The studies funded under this topic should also cover future investment needs and required technology for the interconnection of cloud, HPC and edge infrastructures.The priority is the identification of shortages that prevent the EU from holding digital independence while implementing current state of the art of technology.

Scope:

The applicants may apply for grants covering one or more of the following activities:

  • Analysis of investment needs related to the development and deployment of cross-border and national infrastructures for cloud interconnections as well as cloud interconnections with HPC and edge infrastructures at both the physical (i.e. very high capacity networks) and functional levels (i.e. management systems, software-defined infrastructures) for public sector end-users and private actors operating data infrastructures for services of general public interest across the EU. Analysis should also consider contribution to green policy objectives.
  • Analysis of economic sovereignty of deployed alternatives. This covers the analysis of total cost of ownership, the relevant items that result in the extraction of the funding from the required value-chains, as well as contribution to green policy objectives.
  • Analysis of technological needs and carbon footprint relevant for the interconnection of the aforementioned networks and resources.
  • Analysis of cybersecurity risks that future operators of essential services related to connectivity involved in the interconnection of cloud infrastructures would need to address.
  • Any preparatory work required prior to signing a contract with a supplier for the deployment of backbone networks for cloud federations (e.g., dataflow analysis, topographic definitions, analysis of rights of way).

Public administrations or public and private entities entrusted with the operation of SGIs or SGEIs should be the end users of the future infrastructures foreseen through the studies.

This topic is complementary to the actions foreseen under the Digital Europe Programme (DEP), which focuses on the deployment at large-scale of the next generation of European cloud to edge services, the associated EU marketplace, and modular middleware platforms for interoperability between different data services. Recent developments include the “Simpl” initiative, launched by the European Commission in May 2022, aiming at the development of smart middleware for a European cloud federation and for the European data spaces.

Please consult the Call document for more information on the scope, including digital security requirements.

Expected Impact:

The call aims to result in the following outcomes:

a) Investment roadmap for achieving a robust cloud federation network in the EU with increased competitiveness and resilience of the EU computing industry in line with EU rules on data protection, security, portability and sustainability.

b) Technological roadmap to achieve technological autonomy in critical digital computing infrastructures to process EU data, in particular through European common dataspaces. The roadmap should also include the needs for the roll-out of emerging technologies, including AI, ‘internet of things’ (IoT), HPC in the aforementioned interconnections.

c) Definition of the requirements for energy efficiency and sustainable large-scale deployment of interconnected cloud-to-edge infrastructures across the EU territory.

 
 
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