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New Singapore Facility Provides Universities Advanced Global Connections for Research and Education

Posted on May 07, 2013 by Todd Sedmak
Tags: Advanced Network Services, international partnerships, Network Infrastructure, Network Partnerships, Research & Education Networks, Video Services

NYU, Duke, Chicago and Florida International University Announce Shared Data Center, Network and Services

SINGAPORE—May 7, 2013–Universities seeking to expand their international programs – or to better support existing global campuses and research – stand to benefit from the advanced data and communications network facility unveiled in Singapore on Tuesday by Internet2, global networking partners and several leading Internet2 member universities.

image highlighting new Singapore network facility Developed by Internet2 in partnership with New York University, Duke University, the University of Chicago and Florida International University, the new facility promises advanced network and computing services, as well as applications, for research and education. It also adds to the regional network hub serving Asia-Pacific locations operated by Internet2 partner SingAREN, and serves as a connection point for Internet2's advanced video services.

Expanding the research and education sector's highly advanced networking capabilities to include cost-sharing of space and equipment hosting facilities offers participating campuses numerous benefits, including a regionalized global data center, local support and monitoring, enhanced and shared network infrastructure, high-definition video conferencing and NET+ applications offered globally by Internet2.

The Internet2-operated facility is located at the Tata Communications Exchange in Singapore, near the crossroads of many of the world's trans-global fiber-optic connections. Through interconnections with leading partners like SingAREN, Transpac, Gloriad, TEIN4, CSTnet and CERNET, Internet2 members will enjoy a secure common facility that is deeply woven in to the fabric of global R&E collaborators. The facility is also available for expansion to support additional Internet2 member institutions.

"Leading universities have expanded globally to fulfill their academic and research missions," said Rob Vietzke, Internet2 vice president, Network Services. "Through collaborations like our Singapore facility, Internet2 is enabling its members by developing and operating advanced global facilities and connections that support their missions.

"Through this series of partnerships, students and faculty gain efficient access to the best infrastructure, services and security in a collaborative environment that encourages breakthrough research and education," said Vietzke.

About Internet2 •

Internet2® is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions.

Internet2 consists of 220 U.S. universities, 60 leading corporations, 70 government agencies, 38 regional and state education networks and more than 100 national research and education networking partners representing more than 50 countries. Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Emeryville, Calif.; and Washington, DC.

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