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Google Cloud Platform Now Available to Internet2 Community in Early Phases of Cloud Service Validation

Mar 12, 2018, by Sara Jeanes
Tags: Google Cloud Platform, Internet2 NET+, Recent Posts

Google Cloud Platform logo Thanks to the work of the Internet2 community Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Service Validation team, the service is now available to the Internet2 community for use and feedback. Members can begin using the service, running workloads, and evaluating organization-wide structures for folders and projects, while providing feedback to support the community-driven service validation process. 

Since last fall and the announcement of the Data Egress Fee Discount, the Google and Internet2 community teams have been working to design and launch the operational framework for a GCP offering. With the experience of launching two other Internet2 Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings, the Service Validation team has been able to design a delivery model that will scale with the Internet2 membership. 

Specifically, Google and the Internet2 community team worked with Carahsoft to distribute the GCP offering. Carahsoft will play a key role in gluing campus business process needs (chargebacks and invoicing) to funding models (including NIH and NSF credits), while assisting in exposing and managing costs associated with running cloud services. Subscribing Internet2 members will be able to purchase through one of two approved GCP resellers.

"Working closely with colleagues from higher education institutions, and in cooperation with Internet2, we are nearing completion the service validation of the Google Cloud Platform. We are excited at the opportunity of sharing new these offerings with our clients and have done great work under the stewardship of Internet2."

Gerard Shockley, cloud broker at Boston University

The offering currently includes the previously announced Data Egress Fee Discount, but will be utilizing standard Google Cloud Platform Terms of Service, so we are asking everyone to contribute to the terms review process. Full Service Validation will continue for the next six to nine months while your colleagues on the Service Validation team build community feedback into a full Internet2 Cloud Services Customer Agreement. The other elements of the Service Validation are aiming to wrap up at the same time--working to improve GCP's accessibility as well as enabling the first phase of Internet2 Cloud Connect.

Any and all Internet2 member institutions can sign up for this offering and are encouraged to review how GCP might be deployed on campus. Any members who subscribe to the GCP offering now will have an easy path to upgrade to the fully validated Internet2 GCP offering when it becomes available later this year.

"We are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to provide Google Cloud Platform to the Internet2 community through the Internet2 Cloud Services program. Our partnership with Internet2 and the solution validation team has provided Google with important feedback and direction from the higher education community. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the team through the validation process," said Emma Fish, Head of Google for Education Partnerships.

Get more information on the Internet2 GCP offering, and how to participate, or email i2google@carahsoft.com. Stay tuned for more announcements from the GCP Service Validation team!