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Highlights of Community Infrastructure Planning Sessions at the 2018 Global Summit

Apr 11, 2018, by Robert Vietzke
Tags: 2018 Internet2 Global Summit, Advanced Networking, Cloud Connect Initiative, Community Engagement, Events, Frontpage News, Network Architecture, Recent Posts, Research & Education Networks

The community convenes in San Diego in just under a month at the 2018 Internet2 Global Summit, and the team is gearing up, together with community leaders, for what we hope will be some important discussions that help lead Internet2 and community infrastructure planning in to the future. A few highlights:

  • As part of Internet2 cloud initiatives, a team has been working since October to understand how to integrate new “cloud access” features in to our infrastructure offerings. Pilots are now underway with regional and campus partners for both Amazon Direct Connect and Microsoft Express route. (Google is coming soon too.) Campuses are using this regional/Internet2 connection for private cloud connectivity that we expect to be a staple of the kind of research support and academic infrastructure portfolio the community uses for years to come. In addition, a community advisory team has begun sorting through future requirements to help us create a long-term roadmap for cloud support across Internet2’s services. Look for updates on the pilots and extended conversations and opportunities for future roadmap input on Cloud Access throughout Global Summit.
  • In the area of infrastructure planning, we expect that Global Summit will become a pivot point where we begin to transition from 2.5 years of discussions and visioning on ecosystem-wide infrastructure planning to more concrete requirements for ecosystem-wide architecture frameworks and Internet2 service upgrades. We’re in the process of writing a paper which we will share before Global Summit that attempts to bridge the input we’ve received into a concrete service and planning guideline that the community can react to. Sessions are planned with the regional networks, advisory groups, the executive track and in open sessions to talk about the state of planning and to get alignment on the next steps that will bring us to a network refresh in the coming years. See the full Global Summit Program for times and locations.
  • There are also a series of planned discussions on community progress in support of national and global extensions to the successful Pacific Research Platform project. Project PI Larry Smarr and other community leaders will be participating in several discussions throughout Global Summit to advance this critical collaboration including the session Towards A National, Friction-Free Scientific Data Superhighway.

While each of these discussions will progress on their own merits, they all also come together into a set of critical and exciting components of the community’s future. Global Summit is shaping up to be an exciting inflection point in envisioning our future, together. I’m very much looking forward to seeing all of you and hearing your take on these exciting programs and our progress.