Janet is helping the sector harness the benefits of cloud-based Microsoft Office 365 for education through initial legal support and by agreeing a customised set of licensing documents with Microsoft, saving the sector time and money.
A number of universities have worked with Janet in the production of this pack, which is being made available to the HE and FE sector. This will help those in the sector move to collaborative cloud services for staff, student and alumni, for email, document storage and calendars.
Dan Perry, Director of Product & Marketing at Janet commented:
"Under tight timescales, and working in partnership with interested universities, we’ve produced a document pack for immediate use that will work for the vast majority of the sector, particularly those institutions implementing Office 365 this summer. Together with the development of a single agreement on behalf of the sector for Microsoft cloud services (including Office 365) launching in the autumn, this work will save the sector time and money by reducing duplication of legal effort and harnessing economies of scale.
"In response to key priorities raised by the sector we have focused special attention on concerns of cloud data transfer and security."
Janet is also investigating offering similar support for those on the Janet network wishing to work with other leading cloud providers. Earlier this year Janet’s Brokerage arm launched a framework to help institutions move their infrastructure to the cloud, which has received high interest from the community and suppliers alike.
You can find out more about Janet’s work with Microsoft by visiting their Microsoft Collaboration page.
Original post at the Janet website.