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1.1 What are Internet2 NET+ Services?

Internet2 NET+ program provides access to a portfolio of “above the network” cloud-based services. The Internet2 NET+ Services program provides Internet2 members and other participating institutions access to an ever-growing catalog of cloud-based services designed or tailored specifically for the research and education community. These services are all delivered over the Internet2 high performance network and leverage the secure and privacy-preserving InCommon federated identity management services.

Internet2 NET+ Services delivers value to Internet2 member organizations, including higher education, and sponsored K-20, government, other non-profit, and industry participants. These services are identified and evaluated by the community and tailored to their needs to be cost-effective, easily accessed, and simple to administer.

All services are sponsored by member institutions and tailored to community needs as part of a formal service validation process that involve a diverse set of participating higher education institutions.

1.2 What types of services are currently in the Internet2 NET+ portfolio?

Internet2 NET+ services are targeted at several distinct areas of need in the research and education community:
  • Technology Staff
  • Research and Academic Needs
  • Student and General Use
  • Campus Administration

The Internet2 NET+ service catalog has offerings in five general domains (“service types”):

  • Software as a Service (SAAS)
  • Security & Identity (SI)
  • Infrastructure & Platform Services (IPS)
  • Video, Voice, & Collaboration (VVC)
  • Digital Content for Research and Education (DCRE)

For descriptions of each service type, see Service Types.

In addition to cloud services, Internet2 NET+ provides software development of middleware tools that enable and simplify identity and access management in the campus infrastructure, such as Shibboleth®, Grouper™ and COmanage

1.3 What types of cloud services will be offered in the future?

The Internet2 NET+ Services team engages in discussions with cloud service providers (both commercial and from within the Internet2 community) and education institutions concerning needs, opportunities, and service offerings. New programs and services are added to the portfolio based on member sponsorship, the number and types of services available in each category, and completion of service validation.

The NET+ team develops recommendations for the types of services within each category (and in some cases subcategory) of the service catalogue. These plans are regularly reviewed and discussed with the NET+ Program Advisory Group (PAG) and incorporated in the overall strategic plan for the NET+ program.

1.4 How will NET+ routing work on Internet2 Network?

The Internet2 NET+ team, with advice from the NET+ regional partners, is advocating a strategy to put these services on the most flexible platform available so we can grow those services to include >10G flows and potentially aspects of the SDN network. In order to deliver the capacity our researchers are demanding this service will need to scale to 100G connections quickly. The overarching goal is to leverage the investments that Internet2 and the regional networks have made to support advanced networking, wherever possible, by bringing NET+ providers onto the community owned networks. Our plans to carry NET+ traffic on the R&E backbone also adds value to the NET+ provider, in that it provides a high performance and well understood path between the provider and their users, which can be supported with service-level targets from the provider to Internet2.