Cloud Connect and Amazon AWS Direct Connect
Part of Internet2’s first phase of the Cloud Connect Initiative is to provide access to Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect and Internet2 has recently taken a couple of significant step forward with Cloud Connect Access to AWS Direct Connect.
Internet2 is required to have at least two AWS Certified Solutions Architects. As of the end of January, Internet2 has three AWS Certified Solutions Architects—Brian Cashman, Chris Hubing and Sara Jeanes.
Internet2 has also signed an agreement with Amazon to become a Direct Connect Partner and offer the Internet2 community access to AWS Direct Connect. Internet2 staff has begun testing and we expect the service to be operational by the end of March.
The first phase of the Cloud Connect Program also includes access to Microsoft Express Route and Google Cloud Platform Direct Interconnect. Earlier this month we reported that Cloud Connect Access is available to Microsoft Azure Express Route in Ashburn, VA (and soon in Chicago, IL). Access to Google Cloud Platform Direct Interconnect will be available by summer.