Hi from the SWITCHhub team

Dear Community, welcome to our SWITCHhub blog and the first post!

What will this blog be about? You’ll l find a lot about cloud services but that’s not all! Let me start by providing a bit of background to who we are and what we are doing, this might help set the context for the diversity of things you are going to read here.

First of all, we’d like to give you a quick overview of the the SWITCHhub platform, which is divided in two levels. The primary level is a marketplace for the administrators. The designated administrator can buy services from a marketplace for the university members such as staff, lecturer or students. On the second level the end-user sees the purchased services from the administrator and is able to either self-assign or request the service.

We will use this blog to keep our community up to date about the newest services that are being published on the SWITCHhub store. Our store includes cloud services from SWITCH, the academic and commercial world. At the moment there are over 10 services available in the store. These include, for example, histHub, Office365 and Adobe Creative Cloud. Beside SaaS we also support IaaS multi-cloud management.

We also plan to talk about our experiences during our daily work-life. Starting from the service identification process to the integration of additional automatisation like user provisioning. Apart from the technical part, we also have to adhere to different rules and standards to assure our clients state of the art services.

Yours

Evrim, Robert, Sven, Nermin