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Internet2 and Microsoft to Partner on updated NET+ Services

Jul 07, 2016, by Sean O'Brien
Tags: Azure, Frontpage News, Infrastructure & Platform Services, Internet2 NET+, Office 365 Education

The Internet2 community has a long history of collaborating with Microsoft across numerous disciplines at member campuses. Microsoft Azure and Office 365 joined the Internet2 NET+ portfolio of cloud services in 2013 and 2014 respectively.  Since then both of the underlying services have evolved dramatically. In collaboration with Microsoft, the universities participating in these programs have determined the time is right to take a fresh look at both offerings and their capabilities.  Microsoft has made a commitment to work with Internet2 member campuses on crafting a new NET+ Microsoft Cloud program specifically geared towards meeting the unique needs of researchers in our community.

Member universities are invited to participate in the design of the next generation NET+ Microsoft Cloud program to collectively design a service that is both differentiated from the standard offerings and, more specifically, one that is explicitly tailored to the needs of different constituents of our diverse research and education community. To support this design process, we will be scheduling several in-person design sessions at Microsoft Technology Centers or member universities in August. The tentative dates, locations, and areas of focus are below:

Focus: Academic and Research Computing
Location: Microsoft Technology Center in Mountain View, CA
Date: Thursday, August 4, 2016 


Focus: Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Support for Grant Funded Research 
Location: University of Maryland Baltimore County in Baltimore, MD
Date: Thursday, August 11, 2016

To register to attend, please visit:

The goals of each of these sessions and the overall effort will include:

  1. Assess adoption of cloud services for academic, administrative and research computing
  2. Identify current barriers to adoption of the Microsoft Cloud Platform and brainstorm solutions
  3. Review opportunities for using Microsoft Cloud services to support the full lifecycle of research for faculty/PIs and students
  4. Evaluate the role of the Internet2 Network, Microsoft ExpressRoute and the InCommon federation for access and authentication to Microsoft Cloud services
  5. Propose a differentiated and compelling bundle of capabilities that would form a NET+ program

If you are interesting in participating in this effort, please complete the short form indicating your contact information and areas of interest.  Even if you are not able to participate in person, we encourage all to contribute feedback for the benefit of the community.

We look forward to working together to make this focused designed process of great value to the community and will provide further updates on this blog and directly to those who sign up to participate.

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