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SkySync Adds Storage Platform Synchronization to Internet2 NET+ Portfolio

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 by Iljun Kim
Tags: Cloud Services & Applications, Frontpage News, Internet2 NET+, Network Storage, SkySync

Software provides universities unparalleled storage agility

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 23, 2015—Portal Architects, Inc., the creators of SkySync, today announced that it has joined the Internet2 NET+ portfolio, enabling higher education institutions to seamlessly integrate their existing on-premises storage platforms with cloud-based storage services.

SkySync gives organizations unparalleled storage agility, enabling them to sync, migrate and copy files, folders, sites or entire file structures across diverse storage systems in just a few clicks. The software opens up flexible storage opportunities for higher education institutions including: incorporating cloud storage capabilities anywhere, and on any device, with existing on-site systems; easily consolidating (or moving) to storage systems that meet functional/compliance or cost requirements, as well as enabling users to have access to files from all institutional storage systems.

As part of the Internet2 NET+ initiative, several early adopting universities have leveraged SkySync to synchronize thousands of Network Home Drives, SharePoint and other systems to their cloud storage service. Recently, Atlanta-based Morehouse College relied on SkySync to perform a large migration from its Network File Share (NFS) to Box cloud storage.

“SkySync automatically synced our NFS with our Box account so that all of the information in Box was up-to-date. It was the missing link in the transition from our on-premises system to Box,” said Clifford Russell, CIO at Morehouse College. “Beyond that, Portal Architects gave us incredible customer service any time we needed support. It was clear that they were committed to our success. We recommended SkySync for the Internet2 NET+ portfolio as a trusted tool that all universities should consider while addressing their storage needs in the future.”

Internet2 NET+ is a research and education (R&E) community-driven initiative focused on providing secure, agile and reliable cloud mobility to higher education’s diverse users. Through a rigorous peer-driven evaluation process, R&E institutions and cloud service providers work together to develop offerings that maximize deployment efficiencies and minimize the business and legal challenges, financial costs, and technology risks of migrating from on-campus to cloud-based solutions.

“As universities make the switch to hosting large datasets in the cloud, doing so easily and painlessly becomes a key enabler in that transition,” said Shelton Waggener, senior vice president at Internet2. “Colleges and universities that are using Internet2’s NET+ SkySync service can now streamline the way they move data, whether from legacy on-premise systems to the cloud or in between multiple cloud storage and collaboration services. They can rest assured that this solution is tested and tailored for the R&E community’s unique needs through the rigorous NET+ service validation process.”

The Internet2 NET+ SkySync offering tailored for higher education institutions is now in the early adopters phase. A webinar detailing the process of becoming a SkySync early adopter will be held Tuesday, March 17 at 11 a.m. EDT and Thursday, March 19 at 2 p.m. EDT. Register now to attend either session.

For more information on the SkySync offering, visit the Internet2 website.

About Portal Architects
Portal Architects, the creators of SkySync, streamlines cloud adoption by enabling organizations to easily integrate content from their existing storage platforms. SkySync makes it simple to migrate on-site system files and their associated data across platforms and/or create synchronized hybrid coexistence storage scenarios. Architected for any size environment, SkySync is deployed at hundreds of businesses worldwide, across a wide range of industries. For more information, please visit www.skysync.com

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 also operates the nation’s largest and fastest, coast-to-coast research and education network, in which the Network Operations Center is powered by Indiana University. Internet2 serves more than 90,000 community anchor institutions, 260 U.S. universities, 65 government agencies, 40 regional and state education networks, 85 leading corporations working with our community and more than 65 national research and education networking partners representing more than 100 countries. Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Denver, Colo.; Emeryville, Calif.; Washington, D.C; and West Hartford, Conn. For more information, visit www.internet2.edu or follow @Internet2 on Twitter.

Media contacts:
Krystal Elliott, Portal Architects, Inc., 734-619-8818 or kelliott@portalarchitects.com
Angela Stark, Internet2, 202-803-8996 or astark@internet2.edu