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Internet2 Eyes Cloud Boost From Silicon Valley Office

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The Internet2 technology consortium recently opened its first Silicon Valley office. "It will serve as a hub for our West Coast campuses and our Asian partners," says Internet2's Shelton Waggener.

Internet2 aims to provide a network fast enough to accommodate the supercomputers and unique needs of top research institutions. The consortium also wants to act as a broker for academic institutions to get cloud services, and provide a community for members to collaboratively develop technology to benefit research and higher education. Waggener says Internet2 has the U.S.'s fastest growing research and education network, and uses its high-speed connectivity to link academic institutions to the Internet cloud.

For example, the University of Washington uses Internet2 as the main network for instructors and students, as well as for cloud services, says school CIO Kelli Trosvig. She says the consortium acts as a broker for cloud services, which makes the process easier for the university and lowers the cost.

Internet2 also helps researchers at universities by enabling real-time collaboration among faculty worldwide, notes Berkeley Research Group's Ramin Sedehi. "This is the age of data," Sedehi says. "These very large data sets have to be stored and accessible for academic research."

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