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NET+ Infrastructure and Platform Services Portfolio: A Year in Review

Dec 11, 2015, by Sara Jeanes
Tags: Infrastructure & Platform Services, Internet2 NET+

Written by: Sara Jeanes and Sean O'Brien, NET+ Program Management

The NET+ Infrastructure and Platform Services portfolio encompasses foundational technology offerings delivered as cloud services. Both conventionally defined Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) find a home in this area, along with services that replace or substitute for traditional on premise IT infrastructure. Some services in this portfolio include: Amazon Web Services by DLT, Box, CrashPlan, Microsoft Azure and Splunk.

The term "platform" has come into vogue in the last year and many high flying members of the portfolio are truly making that leap. Box is increasingly a platform used to build applications along with a core tool for document management and storage, leveraging its robust metadata capabilities. There are now over 120 campuses leveraging NET+ Box for their enterprise content management needs. Splunk’s usage in the community is another great example of how use cases that were at first narrowly defined to systems logging have greatly expanded in sometimes surprising directions with leadership from the research and education community. Here are some great examples. NET+ Splunk has seen tremendous growth over the past year and now has over 80 subscribers.

This year we officially brought our NET+ IaaS services count to two with the introduction of Amazon Web Services by DLT, joining Microsoft Azure in the portfolio. The NET+ AWS by DLT offering is growing at a steady pace and saw over 30 new subscriptions during the past year.

The team is also hard at work developing new NET+ services for the community. Campuses are in the concluding stages of NET+ Service Validations for vCloud Air by Carahsoft and Acquia, and these services will be open for “Early Adopter” subscribers early in 2016. With these key offerings in place, the team can begin building on top of this solid foundation.

Watch for increased activity with "over-the-top" cloud offerings, including a special emphasis placed on services tuned for the researcher. These initiatives can be seen in our ongoing NET+ Service Validations with Omnibond CloudyCluster, R Systems, and RackSpace.

We also are preparing to kick off several engagements that complement the existing portfolio.  A Dropbox for Education offering is about ready to enter NET+ Service Validation. We are also working on engagements related to the container ecosystem, cloud monitoring and management, data migration, and IaaS marketplace services so stay tuned for updates.

We are excited by the growth in the programs this year and look forward to your future contributions.

Happy winter close and we will see you in the next year.