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2013: Can we make it a year that is remembered for Innovation?

Feb 19, 2013, by Robert Vietzke
Tags: 100 gigabit Ethernet, Community-Driven Innovation, Executive Insights, imported, Innovation Platform

In 2012, our community built substantial momentum towards once again defining itself at the very leading edge of network innovation. Rapidly developing programs and investments across our community began to take off—incubating software-defined networking (SDN) technologies, building data-intensive science support programs, and moving back to abundant bandwidth with 100G technologies. Our community’s tradition of using innovative networking approaches to enable breakthrough scientific discoveries and to create new Internet technologies and markets is once again in motion.

View our introductory video, “Internet2 Community: Enabling the Future.“

We are very excited about the uptake of Internet2’s new Innovation Platform program and the technologies that support it. To date, 22 campuses and 8 supporting regional networks have committed to implementing Innovation Platform technologies, with new commitments and 100G connections being turned up at an increasing pace. Leveraging just the first portion of Internet2’s new network, new 100G connections to campuses, SDN technologies, and Science DMZ* architectures to support data-intensive science on campus, Internet2 member institutions are laying the groundwork for a comprehensive and transformational technology portfolio to deliver another generation of advanced services. These not only enable traditional data-intensive science, but also tailored cloud services that can be accessed with a trusted federated identityframework. The increasing maturity of these approaches continue to support the unique needs of research and education and define a new class of valuable integrated services. Some of the Innovation Platform technology early adopters have great stories to tell about their plans to unleash innovation at their institutions:

  • Arizona State University plans to implement cloud computing with SDN capabilities utilizing Openflow, improve “Big Data” visualization for research collaboration, and share expertise across the community
  • Clemson University is leveraging Innovation Platform technologies to support all scientific disciplines and build a community environment of shared expertise
  • Indiana University highlights how their 100G Internet2 connection and SDN work will remove barriers for all of their campus researchers and collaborators

Perhaps we don’t know if 2013 will be the year that the next Cisco or Facebook emerges from one of our campus labs or dorm rooms, however we do know that the community is once again accelerating its investment in capacity to innovate, and that has always predated some of the greatest inflections in Internet innovations. This could indeed be a year for break-out innovation. We invite you to join these and the 25-plus other Internet2 community Innovation Platform early adopters. Internet2 staff is ready to assist you in creating your cloud-ready strategy and building your institution’s environment for innovation. To begin your roadmap, contact: innovation@internet2.edu Will your story be next?

*The Science DMZ model was developed by the Department of Energy's ESnet. More info on Science DMZ can be found at ESnet's website:fasterdata.es.net/science-dmz