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Expanded Internet2 Support for Cisco TelePresence and Video Collaboration

Feb 24, 2012, by Ben Fineman
Tags: Collaboration, imported, Internet2 Video Exchange, Products & Services, Tools & Collaboration, Video Interoperability Group, Video Services, Video, Voice & Collaboration

We've been doing a lot of work internally to pull this together, so I'm pleased to finally be able to share this announcement:

Internet2 is pleased to announce new initiatives and investments in community video collaboration solutions. These investments allow Internet2 Video Services to facilitate interoperable real-time collaboration for research and education.

We are excited to announce the addition of Cisco TelePresence to the portfolio of supported endpoints alongside the large scale community deployment of H.323 and SIP units. Internet2 is both investing in Cisco TelePresence Exchange infrastructure and expanding our interoperable video services internationally to enhance U.S. research and education collaboration capabilities.

The Cisco TelePresence Exchange investment is the second expansion of Internet2’s community visual communications capabilities in the last 14 months, adding to the interoperable video bridging infrastructure introduced in early 2011. Together these investments enable the community to seamlessly collaborate using whichever communications environment their partners choose.  The combination of new capabilities will allow Cisco TelePresence endpoints to both connect inter-organizationally and also interoperate with all standards based SIP and H.323 endpoints. Internet2 is working closely with an expanded set of staff and technical resources from Indiana University and Cisco to support these advanced capabilities.

New connection models to ease the complexity of connecting and dialing endpoints combined with new service models for accessing interoperable virtual rooms, are being introduced.  This wider range of services and capabilities will enable participants to choose a suite of dedicated and shared resources to best address their organizational needs.

Internet2 continues to collaborate with regional networks and other carriers who offer similar capabilities to their constituencies. Regional distribution of video resources is encouraged where available, with Internet2 offering  a national and global layer of cohesive infrastructure. Internet2 aims to peer video exchange resources with other national carriers in a settlement-free fashion wherever possible.

Several sessions are planned to provide updates and coordinate community-led direction about these services at the Spring 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting. Details of the new service, including fees for Internet2 members and non-members, will be announced next week, with new Exchange services going live in May of this year.

For more information please contact video@internet2.edu.