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NET+ Cloud Services Program

Leverage Community Scale and Expertise to Support Cloud Service Adoption
Internet2 NET+ Cloud Services Program is part of Internet2’s larger effort to enable tailored and integrated cloud solutions that simplify academic and scientific collaboration through cloud storage, compute and data sharing.

The program helps Internet2 members and other qualified institutions access cloud services through a variety of ways, including:

  • Leverages the capacity of the Internet2 Network connection for enhanced performance and delivery of cloud services.
  • Expands adoption of InCommon Federation identity and access management among cloud services.
  • Facilitates deployment and ease of integration of commercial cloud services uniquely configured for research and education needs, legal terms negotiated via the power of a large community, and frequently consistent and predictable pricing.
  • Peer evaluation of key service components includes: functional; technical; security; accessibility; business and legal; and deployment.
  • Facilitates peer-to-peer and community knowledge sharing of best practices, tools and capabilities.
  • Influences industry to develop services meeting the particular needs of the R&E community.
  • Encourages a strategic relationship between the community and service providers, and provides a basis for long-term collaboration on R&D and product roadmaps

What Makes a NET+ Cloud Service?

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. Members collectively identify and vet cloud solutions that the community believes can be effective in meeting challenges, and have the potential to scale, benefiting all member institutions’ teaching, learning and research needs.

NET+ services are made broadly available after they complete a peer-driven service evaluation process. At that point, new business models, legal agreements, and the best possible pricing and terms for all are created to speed adoption and implementation. Leveraging the collective technical and functional expertise of Internet2 members, combined with the collaborative scale of the R&E community, ensures that Internet2 NET+ services are high-value, collegially vetted, ready-to-use cloud solutions, simple to access and administer, and tailored to the unique needs of R&E.

Services are maintained through a lifecycle whereby the are administered by an Internet2 NET+ program manager with domain expertise and Service Advisory Group of R&E community members.



Success in the cloud involves a lot more than just selecting a technology or a service. A whole new range of related activities is required, and the development of a new range of skills that will ensure your campus can take full advantage of these new, innovative services. New perspectives and skills are needed to maximize the benefits of collaborative cloud environments in nearly every area of the academic institution. That's where the CloudProud™ program comes in.

We invite you to learn from other CloudProud organizations—your R&E colleagues—how you can enable completely new levels of collaboration for your organization with cloud and trust solutions that scale—not just institutionally, but nationally and globally.


General Information

Don’t know much about Internet2 NET+ cloud services and applications? Then this category is an excellent place to start. Find out what NET+ services are, what types of services are offered, and more. There is also an info sheet available describing an overview of all Internet2 Cloud Initiatives.


Who is eligible to use NET+ services? Does your organization have to be an Internet2 member to qualify? An InCommon participant? Are there any resources available to campuses that are eligible? It’s all covered here.

Service Lifecycle

How do services become part of the Internet2 NET+ portfolio? How long does it take, and how many phases does the service have to go through before being offered to the community? How is a service removed from the catalog? These and other questions are answered here.

Service Fees

How are fees set? Can campuses still negotiate individually?

Service Validation & Contract Terms

What are the key steps of the validation process? What about security guidelines, including FERPA, HIPAA, and so on?

Agreement Types

Internet2 is neither a reseller, nor a provider of any of the Services available through the Internet2 NET+ Program. Internet2 enters into Agreements to facilitate service providers’ provision of Services to qualified institutions. Learn more about our approach to cloud service agreements.

Providing a Service:

If you are interested in providing a cloud service to the higher education community through the NET+ program, please contact for additional information.

Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQ) about Internet2 NET+ services. Click on a category below to browse the questions and answers in that category. Still can’t find the answer you need? Ask us at!

Service Types
Software as
a Service (SAAS)
Software as a Service (SAAS) allows research and education (R&E) institutions to reduce IT costs by outsourcing hardware and software maintenance and support to their cloud providers. This allows the reallocation of IT operations costs away from hardware/software spending and personnel expenses, and toward meeting other goals. The ability to rapidly deploy new apps to private clouds allows technology teams to focus on needs and goals outside the IT department.

Security &
Participating in a deeply collaborative community has allowed Internet2 institutions to achieve much more than they could on their own. Securely connecting individuals and organizations with the people and resources they need is what Internet2 NET+ SI services are all about. The Internet2 Trust and Identity in Education and Research (TIER) initiative encompasses a growing federated identity ecosystem through InCommon Federation and the Internet2 Middleware Initiative, providing open-source software designed to support access, collaboration, and interoperable identity management infrastructures for the R&E community.
Our goal: ensuring that members of our community have access to the right services, at the right time, with the right protections and privacy considerations, while supporting easy, global collaboration.

Infrastructure & Platform Services (IPS)
Building the right foundation in the cloud sets the platform for your institution’s future. Internet2 NET+ I&P services enable infrastructure delivery that is tested through a rigorous process, offering you the ability to rapidly—and reliably—add new platforms and infrastructure capabilities.

Voice &
Collaboration (VVC)
The power to combine the best cloud tools for teaching, sharing and collaborating is a key ingredient in the success of today’s distributed R&E community. NET+ combines video and voice through the cloud, allowing for frictionless communication between educators, researchers and learners.