In 2016 GÉANT has conducted a pan-European tender for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) services: a collective invitation to suppliers to submit a bid to supply their IaaS solutions. ​This tender aims to allow research and education institutions to consume the cloud in a safe, easy and predictable way, with services that:

• meet European and national regulations
• have attractive pricing
• are connected to the community’s networks and identity management capabilities
• can be purchased in a controlled and transparent manner.

As an outcome of the tender Atea became a qualified Microsoft Azure reseller in 22 European countries. Customers in Nordics and Baltics are served by local Atea organizations, and the rest countries are operated by Atea’s entity called AppXite. See more in the section About.