Here’s Internet2’s value proposition, as explained by Rob Vietzke, vice president of network services for Internet2:
Internet2 Innovation Platform will “profoundly advance education, transform university business models, and accelerate global big data collaborative research outcomes. These opportunities can fuel as-yet-unimagined discoveries and new cycles of global economic development.
Vietzke also says he expects advances similar to those in the university environments that created Google and Facebook to possibly emerge from use of the Innovation Platform.” The Innovation Platform was proposed earlier this year by Internet2, proposed as a new $96.5 million national-scale software-defined network owned by the research and education community.
The national high-performance Internet2 Network connects Americas colleges and universities to research and education collaborators worldwide. The newly upgraded 100G-enabled and 8.8 Terabit per second optical network will allow member institutions to keep pace with the exponential growth in scientific research big data being driven by the nations collaborative researchers in labs and universities.
The network will also enable advanced networking features for more than 200,000 institutions, including libraries, hospitals, K-12 schools, community colleges and public safety organizations as part of its United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) project.