Internet2 bringing more cloud computing programs to campuses

HP will provide the cloud infrastructure for campus researchers.

Eleven universities will have access to advanced cloud computing services through Hewlett-Packard and two other technology companies that will provide the cloud-based programs at a discount for members of the research-intensive network consortium, Internet2.

The “above the network” features in the private cloud network announced by Internet2 officials this week include virtual meeting rooms for educators and students, telepresence, and desktop collaboration for professors and researchers, meaning colleges wouldn’t have to build their own cloud infrastructure.

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The cloud programs will be made available through HP’s Cloud Infrastructure, in partnership with SHI International. High-speed cloud networks have become an essential tool for researchers at the country’s best-known research institutions, said Rich Geraffo, senior vice president and managing director of HP Enterprise business

“Top research institutions require flexible, affordable cloud services to be able to conduct some of the most important, compute-intensive research in the world,” Geraffo said.

The 11 schools that will begin using the cloud-based tools in January include Cornell University; Indiana University; Penn State; University of Notre Dame; University of Utah; University of California, Berkeley;  and the University of Michigan.

The cloud computing programs is part of a new initiative known as Internet2 NET+, which could provide discounted technology services to Internet2’s 235 higher-education members.