Educational Technology

April 30, 2012

Internet2 Adds Dell, Microsoft, and Others to Cloud-Services Program for Colleges

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By Nick DeSantis, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Last fall, Internet2 began helping colleges drive down the price of cloud computing by negotiating group deals between its members and technology companies. The collective-bargaining project is now expanding to include new partnerships with firms including Dell and Microsoft, the group announced today. The effort, known as Internet2 Net+ Services, brings together companies offering cloud services and the nonprofit consortium’s 221 member colleges. Internet2’s leaders say the program lets administrators save money by taking advantage of their collective buying power, and it gives them an organized method of selecting tools for their institutions. The first companies to sign on were the technology giant HP and the online file-storage service Box, which announced their participation in October. Today’s additions include prominent companies such as Dell and Microsoft, whose cloud platforms will support collaborative research projects on Internet2′s high-speed-network backbone.

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