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    The Internet2 Community: Shaping the Future of Communications for Research & Education

    Origins of Internet2

    The commercial Internet has become an integral part of our daily lives. The same people and institutions that gave rise to the commercial Internet make up the Internet2 community today.

    Internet2 is comprised of U.S. and international leaders in research, academia, industry and government who collaborate to create and deploy advanced technologies to accelerate national and global education and scientific research while improving the delivery of public services.

    Enabling R&E Advancements

    This same community built the Internet2 Network to support their research and collaboration needs—today offering 8.8 Terabits of capacity and 100 gigabit Ethernet technology. In 2011, the Internet2 community created the NET+ initiative to focus on providing secure, agile and reliable cloud solutions across the network.

    Enabled by the work of these Internet pioneers, the research and education (R&E) community has spurred major innovations that define our modern digital lives and continue to define “what’s next.” From the makeup of the universe, to cancer cures, to climate change and beyond, their efforts influence commerce, science, sports, education, news and medicine.

    A Better Path to the Cloud

    Through a rigorous peer-driven evaluation process, Internet2 helps cloud service providers work together with R&E institutions to develop offerings that maximize deployment efficiencies and minimize the business challenges, legal challenges, financial costs and technology risks of migrating from on-campus to cloud-based solutions. This program provides Internet2 members with access to a portfolio of trusted cloud services which leverage R&E federated identity standards and enable seamless login with campus credentials for over 8 million users.

    In 2012, Mitel (then Aastra) earned the privilege of becoming the sole provider of the hosted voice service for the Internet2 community. The service was launched in January 2013 and has been growing within the Internet2 community ever since. Thousands of lines have already been activated and more are added every day. Even institutions that are not Internet2 members can take advantage of this low cost, feature-rich service through connections to the Internet2 Network via a Regional R&E Network.

    Internet2 Global Summit

    We’re a proud sponsor of the Internet2 Global Summit taking place April 26-30 in Washington, DC. We hope you’ll stop by and see us at the Summit to learn more about our cloud communication services with Internet2. If you can’t make the summit, you can visit internet2.edu/sip or email sip@internet2.edu  to learn more.