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NET+ Cloud Services Update - Mid-Year 2019 Update

Jun 12, 2019, by Sean O'Brien
Tags: Cloud Services & Applications, Internet2 NET+

Internet2 continues to develop and refine an integrated cloud strategy leveraging existing cyberinfrastructure and adding new capabilities enabled by the cloud.

It’s been an exciting start to the year supporting members’ cloud journeys with key announcements like:the availability of a NET+ Google Cloud Platform program, and the general availability release of Internet2’s Cloud Connect Service. Many of these integrated cloud capabilities were detailed as part of a presentation at the 2019 Internet2 Global Summit, and were the subject of a recent workshop at UNC.

In the first half of 2019, the NET+ team has managed the service lifecycle of the community cloud services portfolio, while also ensuring an increased focus on building communities and encouraging collaboration amongst community members. Key updates in these two areas include: 

Service updates

AWS Organizations in Beta under the NET+ program  Internet2, in coordination with DLT Solutions, is working with 15 campuses to deploy AWS Organizations. Eleven member institutions have successfully migrated, through several rounds, and Internet2 and DLT expect to broadly open access to AWS Organizations in the coming weeks. Learn more about this and other recent NET+ AWS updates.

Code42  Earlier this year an updated NET+ Code42 agreement was completed. The new agreement maintains current pricing and adds additional products and services as Code42 evolves its data loss prevention software. Existing subscribers are encouraged to move to the new agreement and we encourage institutions not subscribing to review program benefits. You may learn more by reviewing this information sheet.

DocuSign Re-negotiation  Internet2, members of the service advisory board, and DocuSign are working on  renegotiating the NET+ DocuSign program. This update will include a required contract change and new pricing. While details are still in process, initial details can be found in this frequently asked questions document.

Dropbox  An updated NET+ Dropbox agreement was recently completed. The new agreement lowers pricing and adds student users with enhanced contractual protections. Existing subscribers are encouraged to move to new new agreement and we encourage institutions not subscribing to review program benefits. You may learn more by reviewing this information sheet.

Google Cloud Platform is Now Available  The NET+ Google Cloud Platform offering is now available! This offering, which requires no committed spend to receive a negotiated discount and contract terms, includes many unique benefits for the research and education community. Learn more about how to take advantage of these benefits today.

LastPass  NET+ LastPass program subscriptions  grew significantly in 2018, with continued growth in 2019. Internet2 and LastPass/LogMeIn have been discussing updating the NET+ LastPass program based on campus requests (around security, etc) and business changes at LogMeIn after their acquisition of LastPass.  A NET+ LastPass service advisory board will be formed in 2019. If your campus is interested in joining this effort, please contact us.

Panopto Now Available  The NET+ Panopto service has completed service validation and has become the first video platform provider for education to join the NET+ program! Panopto’s engagement with the higher education community is going strong, and the new NET+ Panopto Advisory board is looking forward to a kickoff meeting next month in conjunction with the Panopto User Conference in Seattle. Learn more about how to participate in this program today.

Interested in learning more about other cloud services available in the NET+ program? Visit the cloud services portfolio page and feel free to contact the NET+ team with any questions. 

Conferences and events

EDUCAUSE Security Professionals  Internet2 and EDUCAUSE have a long history of collaboration in the security space--most notably, with REN-ISAC on the HECVAT. NET+ Program Manager for Security, Nick Lewis, details key projects and things you should know from Security Professionals 19. 

ServiceNow HE Summit @ Knowledge 19  The NET+ ServiceNow Advisory Board was pleased to host the first HE Summit @ Knowledge 19. In what is hoped to become an annual event, around 50 higher education participants gathered to share best practices and learn more ways to leverage ServiceNow in research and education in an event made possible through the NET+ ServiceNow program.

Code42 Evolution19  More than a dozen NET+ Code42 participating institutions gathered for a breakfast at Evolution19 to network and share best practices using Code42’s next-gen DLP offering on their campus. Soon, the NET+ Code42 advisory board will be hosting a town hall for all NET+ subscribers to share key lessons learned and product roadmap updates.