Milestones in the Cloud Service Lifecycle
Before Internet2 NET+ services are offered to the research and education (R&E) community, they are put through a series of increasingly rigorous tests, bringing them closer and closer to production. Those that pass the tests are made available to all eligible institutions. Each service has its own lifecycle, and these NET+ service phases mark the progress of each service from idea through availability, and on to possible retirement.
Working on creating something internally, with another campus, or with a commercial partner that isn't even a production service yet, but you want the community to know it's underway? This phase is a research-driven activity to incubate very early stage solutions and technical concepts with a view toward possible service creation.