The Network Architecture, Operations and Policy Program Advisory Group (NAOPpag) met in October and November of 2017. During the October meeting, the PAG welcomed Howard Pfeffer, Internet2 President and CEO. Howard provided an overview of his first few months spent meeting members of the community and he expressed his appreciation for the community’s candid comments during those conversations. He indicated that he sees opportunities for Internet2 to bring value to the community through support for a high performance cloud connect strategy, the next generation optical infrastructure to enable both research and the academic enterprise and security, trust and identity.
The PAG then turned their attention to a discussion regarding net neutrality. Many campuses are facing issues related to net neutrality and a request was made for Internet2 to bring expertise to this issue. The discussion will continue at future meetings.
Finally, there was discussion regarding the Internet2 Cloud Connect Initiative. The goals of the initiative are to facilitate data movement into and out of the cloud as well as data movement between cloud providers. During the first stage of the initiative, in 2017, Internet2 will offer access to Microsoft Express Route and Amazon’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud with access to Google Cloud Platform expected to become available in early 2018. The next stage of the initiative, beginning in early 2018, will include investigation of community requirements for multi-cloud movement of data into, out of and across multiple major cloud providers as well as a roadmap for more automated and complex use cases.