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Cloud Connect

Nov 20, 2017, by Linda Roos
Tags: Advanced Networking, Cloud Connect Initiative

Based on requests from the community, Internet2 is pleased to introduce the first stage of a Cloud Connect Service that allows the Internet2 community to leverage its regional and national infrastructure to directly access leading cloud services. By the end of 2017, Internet2 will offer access to Microsoft Azure Express Route and Amazon's Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect.

Access to Google Cloud Platform Dedicated Interconnect is expected to become available in early 2018. Microsoft Azure Express Route, Amazon AWS Direct Connect and Google Cloud Platform Dedicated Interconnect will become available via Internet2 and regional networks through multiple 10G connections to these providers distributed across the country. This first stage of the service will become available as part of Internet2’s existing Advanced Layer 2 Service and will be offered at no additional fee to those with existing connections to the Internet2 Network.

The second stage of Cloud Connect strategy, 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.

Community input on that service roadmap is critical and welcome. If you would like to discuss Cloud Connect, please send a note to cloudconnect_request@internet2.edu.