Internet2, 16 Major Technology Companies Announce Cloud Service Partnerships to Benefit the Nation's Universities
Internet2 NET+ Services expand to help universities address research, education, big data and innovation challenges
"These major cloud service partnerships are customized to meet the needs of the Internet2 community and these offerings range in stages from incubator, proof-of-concept, early adopter and general availability," said Dave Lambert, Internet2 CEO and president. "No other organization in the United States is able to offer this level of collaboration between higher education and the technology industry to launch these strategic cloud services to effectively and efficiently advance research, innovation and the education mission of our nation's leading universities."
"We are working with our industry partners to explore new ways to utilize this new capacity to build a cloud environment that is suited to our needs," said Shelton Waggener, Associate Vice Chancellor and CIO University of California Berkeley, who is the in-coming Internet2 Senior Vice President to oversee NET+ Services. "Our NET+ partners recognize that our organizations can help them develop new business models, services, and technical innovations that will address our needs for big data, research, education and administration.
"By working together, we can leverage cloud and other services to use these tools in innovative ways to transform our campuses," added Waggener. "To our industry partners who provide services around our network resources, I want to call out to you – consider the possibilities of what our combined efforts can bring to the future." Internet2 NET+ offerings provide "above the network" services to Internet2 member organizations, including higher education, government, and industry. The new services are tailored to the needs of the Internet2 community, cost and administratively effective, and leverage Internet2's 100G network and InCommon identity management services.
The Spring 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting held Sunday, April 22 to Wednesday, April 25 in Arlington, VA, includes nearly 800 technology leaders involved in research and education from throughout the United States and the world. The education and technology executives addressed groundbreaking innovations, brought about through the implementation of Internet2's 100G network—the first transcontinental 100 Gigabit per second network in the world, new network technologies, and opportunities for higher education leaders to deliver services that leverage this innovation platform.
A complete meeting schedule listing 120 sessions and live netcasts can be found on the Spring 2012 Internet2 Member Meeting website.
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. For more information, visit www.internet2.edu.
Again, a complete list describing each new service offering follows this release.
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A Listing of New Internet2 NET+ Services
Aastra and Level 3 Communications will offer Internet2 members a cost-effective alternative to traditional voice services. Aastra will deliver a cloud-based, hosted PBX service that includes unified communications, call center and other services. Level 3 will provide SIP-based services such as local trunks, long distance trunks, toll free and other services. SIP protocols provide flexibility, local control, and local survivability, and empower schools to customize the solution to meet their unique campus needs.
Adobe will include Adobe Connect™ Managed Service (ACMS) into the Internet2 NET+ service portfolio. Adobe Connect is a web conferencing solution for web meetings, virtual classroom, e-learning and webinars that enables higher education institutions around the world to develop distance-learning programs and faculty to collaborate in real time or hold virtual office hours with students. ACMS on the Internet2 NET+ platform will provide a fully secure web conferencing, private cloud that can scale on demand and can integrate with audio conferencing, video conferencing or Learning Management Systems. The service is expected to become available for higher education Internet2 members later this year.
Box is offering a customized cloud offering for all U.S. higher education institutions that is now generally available for production deployment. The service provides a secure and simple method for campuses to rapidly deploy Box's content sharing and collaboration service to their entire community—students, faculty and staff.
CENIC, the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, will extend its unique purchasing program for Amazon Web Services, nationally. This new service will make it easier for all members of Internet2's K-20 research and education (R&E) community to take advantage of the AWS cloud. Existing and new Amazon R&E customers will be provided access to a community-friendly self-service portal, discounts on all eligible AWS services, and expanded payment options that allow invoicing and grant-friendly pre-payment services, as well as traditional credit card payment services.
Dell, working with the Internet2 community and Internet2's NET+ Services program, will provide high performance computing solutions and services that support the next generation of collaborative research and simplify research computing from the desktop to the datacenter. To begin, this will include Dell Virtual Desktop-as-a-Service and Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Service. Dell Virtual Private Cloud (VPDC) Services will also provide a dedicated by-the-blade virtual data center service where applications and infrastructure can be configured and managed in a custom environment. Furthermore, Dell plans to begin collaboration with the community to advance innovation around Big Data and Research Storage Services, Open Source frameworks for research, academic and administrative initiatives facing institutions today.
Desire2Learn® Capture gives institutions the ability to effortlessly capture and broadcast rich media presentations-with audio, video and visual aids-to online audiences, live and on-demand. Presenters teach or present as in a normal class environment while Desire2Learn Capture records everything they say and show. Learners can view the CaptureCast™ of choice in real time, the following day, or just before writing a final assignment.
DuraSpace will provide Internet2 members automatic access to DuraCloud, a trusted service for archiving and managing content in the cloud featuring one-click creation of many copies, in multiple locations with several providers. DuraCloud is the first Internet2 NET+ community-developed service aimed at meeting the preservation needs of Internet2 members. As the only managed software service that lets organizations archive content across more than one cloud provider, DuraCloud ensures that irreplaceable documents, imagery and videos are always accessible.
Duo Security will offer two-factor authentication to protect information and access to technology on college campuses with Internet2's InCommon low-cost, site license program and Duo's technology to leverage a user's mobile phone.
Evogh, a hybrid cloud video collaboration service, will provide Internet2's members SeeVogh, a service that makes video collaboration affordable to all of our membership, even K-12 and public libraries, for up to 50 participants at a time. Adopters of SeeVogh will be able to host software-based, video collaboration services on their own cloud infrastructure. This reduces the cost of the service and increases performance through direct connections to the Internet2 network.
HP and SHI International are expanding the current proof-of-concept focused on providing improved cloud infrastructure services to better understand the needs of the higher education community for cloud infrastructure services and to most effectively provision compute and storage cloud solutions through Internet2 NET+ Services. The proof-of-concept was initially kicked off in November with the following universities – Indiana University, Notre Dame University, Penn State, and the University of Utah. Extensive collaboration between the groups has resulted in several very near-term enhancements to the offering, including - virtual machine cloning capabilities, increased network bandwidth and resiliency, InCommon integration, and IPV6.
Merit Network, Inc. will provide Hosted Applications and Hosted Infrastructure offerings to Internet2 participants. The MeritMail Collaboration Suite (MeritMail), powered by Zimbra, will be available immediately to Internet2 members. Merit Archive Storage will be the first offering under Hosted Infrastructure. Internet2 and InCommon members will now be able to purchase Hosted Infrastructure in three separate categories to meet their individual needs: Archive Storage, Remote Backup Storage and Merit Virtual Data Centers. All of these services are managed remotely with no fees applied for In/Out transfers.
Microsoft will give researchers direct access to Windows Azure, Microsoft's cloud platform, to reduce technology overhead, facilitate collaborative research and support the National Science Foundation's Data Sharing Policy and Data Management Plan requirements. Microsoft will waive both data egress and data ingress charges for Internet2 university members and work with Internet2 to implement a peer connection to the Windows Azure infrastructure. This offering through Internet2 NET+ Services will be available in the 3rd quarter of 2012 and will simplify the provisioning of Windows Azure services for member university researchers.
Savvis, a CenturyLink Company, will provide a proof-of-concept effort with a select group of three universities to identify and test use cases for cloud computing and storage. The proof-of-concept will begin in June 2012 with the objective of developing a Savvis offering of its cloud and managed services to members of the Internet2 member community through Internet2 NET+ by the Fall. Savvis is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises. Nearly 2,500 unique clients, including more than 30 of the top 100 companies in the Fortune 500, use Savvis to reduce capital expense, improve service levels and harness the latest advances in cloud computing.
The Solution Design Group, Inc. (SDG) will provide Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) for university administrators over the Internet2 network to Internet2's higher education members. SDG will provide its software at reduced prices to track and monitor capital projects and funding sources, as well as solutions to help optimize revenues from non-student based income streams.