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2020 New Subscriber Benefits for NET+ Google Cloud Platform

Mar 23, 2020, by Sara Jeanes
Tags: Frontpage News, Google Cloud Platform, Internet2 NET+

By Oren Sreebny, Consultant, Internet2 Cloud Programs

Internet2 and Google work together to provide resources for members to take advantage of the NET+ Google Cloud Platform (GCP) service to support research and education. This includes periodic presentations and webinars, an inclusive community of practice for subscribers, and special benefits to help new subscribers get up and running on the platform. In addition, Internet2 Cloud Connect for GCP can provide Layer 3 routed access to Google via direct network peering. 

For 2020, new subscribers to the NET+ Google Cloud Platform offering will have four special “getting started” benefits, including:

  • Onsite training
  • Role-based support 
  • Comprehensive partner onboarding
  • Researcher consultation and support

Together these benefits represent over $40,000 of investment by Google per new NET+ subscriber to help new subscribers make the most of GCP in their campus environments.

Two of the offerings (full-day onsite training and six months of two seats of role-based support) are available to all new subscribers with no commitment. The remaining two offerings (comprehensive partner onboarding or researcher support) are available to new subscribers who can demonstrate a commitment to at least $15,000 in GCP spending within 12 months of signing the agreement.

This is not a formal commitment that you’ll need to sign with Google, but rather a plan for ramping up GCP usage in collaboration with your chosen reseller, demonstrating your institution’s dedication to utilizing GCP. 

These offerings were developed in consultation with the NET+ GCP early adopters group of initial subscribers and are intended to align with the needs of institutions rolling out Google Cloud Platform for the first time.

If you have any feedback on these offerings, please send them to netplus@internet2.edu for consideration, as we continue to work on creating the best program possible.

For more details on the specifics of the special GCP offers, see the Exclusive Google Cloud Platform Benefits for Internet2 NET+ Agreement Institutions brochure on Carahsoft’s website.