New Internet2 partnerships bolster campus research efforts

Early adoption occurs when a service or product is well-defined and usable, but still requires work to put processes and supports in place. Ten or 12 universities might be working with a vendor in this phase.

The final stage is general availability, when early adopters have been expanded and kinks are ironed out for optimum performance.

Box, a cloud-based collaboration and storage management solution, will help faculty, students, and staff to share and collaborate on files internally as well as across boundaries with different universities.

Seven universities, including Cornell and UC Berkeley, are rolling out the product, and 35 are in trial, said Robin Daniels, the company’s head of enterprise marketing.

The solution “enables students to collaborate in teams, with professors and faculty, much more efficiently and securely,” Daniels said. The skills students learn as they use the solution can be put to practice in the business world once students move into the workforce, he added.

“This is a great way for us to tap into the minds of people who are still learning,” Daniels said.

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Several university CIOs identified Box as a product that would serve their needs, which helped to spur the company’s participation. Once Box connected to the Internet2 network, those who already used Box and had Box accounts were able to instantly begin using the service on the Internet2 network.

Through the Internet2 NET+ initiative, member universities have access to features and functionality offered to Box’s commercial customers, but tailored and customized for the higher education environment.

Microsoft is among the major companies participating in the initiative, and Cameron Evans, the company’s education CTO, said that Internet2 members will have immediate access to Microsoft’s cloud computing platform.

Laura Ascione