This next talk is on the JANET Brokerage Service. It's been up and running for about 6 months now, and its aim is to become a hub for good practice in the cloud arena for UK HE. It is a unit within JANET working between HEIs and suppliers to add value.
There's an interesting white paper on moving email to the cloud on their web site.
They've also recently announced that eight suppliers will be working with them on a framework to deliver cloud and data centre services. Not all of them announced yet, but will be over next few weeks as they sign the contracts. The ones they can announce today are Dell, HP, Eduserv and Liberata.
They hope to provide value to both HEIs and supplies by aggregating demand, negotiating prices and assisting with contract negotiation. They accept that one size won't fit all, and will be working with Universities to make things are used in the right way.
They are setting up an Advisory Board (which I have been invited to sit on), so expect a lot more information about this service.