ATLANTA – (October 1, 2019) – RHEDcloud, a consortium of universities, cloud providers and security vendors, today announced that Internet2 has joined the RHEDcloud Project. The Internet2 community, which includes 323 U.S. universities, 60 government agencies, 43 regional and state education networks, and 70 national research and education network partners representing 100 countries, expands the RHEDcloud Project mission and objectives.
The RHEDcloud and Internet2 collaboration aims to solve security and automation challenges for researchers working in the cloud, while ensuring compliance with rules, regulations and laws related to the storage, transmission, and processing of confidential information.
“We are looking to improve the performance of cloud characteristics,” said Kevin Morooney, Vice President for Trust and Identity Services and NET+ Services at Internet2. “Working jointly with RHEDcloud brings synergy and energy to facilitating the higher education’s cloud implementation efforts to further research and scholarship. The Internet2 community has always placed security, privacy and compliance at the forefront of its technology needs, and with the increasing move of research data to the cloud, the collaboration with RHEDcloud just makes sense.”
“Having Internet2 as a RHEDcloud participant is an important milestone in expanding the awareness of RHEDcloud within the higher education and research communities,” said Rich Mendola, Enterprise CIO at Emory University and President of the RHEDcloud foundation. “Internet2 has a long history of successfully driving large scale change within higher education. They are exactly the type of partner we need right now to help advance the mission of RHEDcloud.”
The RHEDcloud Project and Internet2 collaboration aims to achieve the following:
The Project’s activities benefit a wide range of individuals and entities, including higher education institutions, medical and healthcare providers, cloud platform providers, cloud service providers, financial institutions and government entities. The Project’s activities assist users and providers in securely maintaining confidential information and complying with rules, regulations and laws related to the storage, transmission and processing of confidential information.
Internet2® is a non-profit, member-driven advanced technology community founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 serves 323 U.S. universities, 60 government agencies, 43 regional and state education networks and through them supports more than 100,000 community anchor institutions, over 1,000 InCommon participants, and 54 leading corporations working with our community, and 70 national research and education network partners that represent more than 100 countries.
Internet2 delivers a diverse portfolio of technology solutions that leverages, integrates, and amplifies the strengths of its members and helps support their educational, research and community service missions. Internet2’s core infrastructure components include the nation’s largest and fastest research and education network that was built to deliver advanced, customized services that are accessed and secured by the community-developed trust and identity framework.
RHEDcloud is a consortium of universities, cloud providers and security vendors that provides resources for higher education/research organizations to quickly and efficiently deploy, configure and manage secure, compliant cloud initiatives. For the latest RHEDcloud news and updates, visit RHEDcloud.org.
Emory University is launching the AWS at Emory service for select research groups in anticipation of general availability in Spring 2019. The security, automation, and integration technology that implements AWS at Emory serves as in initial contribution to the RHEDcloud Project.
For details and demos see the documentation at https://aws.emory.edu.