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Internet2's Cloud Connect service goes live

Internet2 has made its "Cloud Connect" service generally available to members that want access to major cloud services. The service, which provides direct access to leading commercial cloud providers through the existing regional and national infrastructure at no additional cost, has  been in testing for 16 months with 50-plus university campuses and 20 regional research and education networks.

The offering is intended to make it easier for researchers to access and use cloud resources with "direct peering," the ability to exchange traffic at particular sites without having to use a third party to carry the traffic across the internet. This is useful, Internet2 officials said, in situations where an institution wants to extend its data center into the cloud using private address space or its own public address space. The cloud providers that are part of this arrangement are in four cities: Ashburn, Va.; Chicago; Dallas; and San Jose, Calif.

Specifically, the service provides institutions with a Cloud Connect Portal a way to deploy shared direct connection infrastructure that supports private direct connections to AWS Direct Connect, Google Cloud Dedicated Interconnect and Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute.  With an application programming interface, regional and state networks and campus subscribers can quickly gain access to 200 gigabit/sec of private peering capabilities.

While Cloud Connect is part of what's available to members of Internet2 as well as members of the regional research and education networks without additional charges, the service doesn't cover fees imposed by the cloud provider for use of their service or the dedicated private links used by a campus.

This article was first posted to Campus Technology, a sibling site to GCN.

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