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  • Date: Tue, 04 Oct 2011 11:33:10 -0400 (EDT)

Internet2 NET+ Services To Deliver Cloud Services To University Faculty,
Staff and Students Nationwide

New partnerships announced with HP, SHI International and Box

Raleigh, N.C.—Oct. 4, 2011—Internet2, the world’s most advanced networking
consortium, today announced individual partnerships with HP, SHI
International and Box to deliver new Internet2 NET+ Services, including cloud
computing and infrastructure services, to Internet2 members’ faculty, staff
and students nationwide. The announcement was made at today’s Internet2 Fall
Member Meeting.

“These partnerships benefit our members by making secure and very affordable
cloud computing services available anywhere, anytime,” said Dave Lambert,
President and CEO, Internet2. “By leveraging existing community investments,
Internet2 provides seamless access to standard and customized offerings from
industry leaders for chief information officers in higher education to
consider in their technology plans. Internet2 NET+ Services are the next
generation of value from Internet2.“

Internet2 NET+ Services provide “above the network” services to Internet2
member organizations, including higher education, government, and industry.
Cornell University; Indiana University; Penn State; University of California,
Berkeley; University of Michigan; University of Notre Dame; University of
Utah; and other Internet2 participating campuses will immediately begin
testing and validating some of the specific offerings and services. The new
services will create a platform tailored to the needs of the Internet2
community, and will leverage Internet2’s 100G network and InCommon identity
management services. Higher education members who are InCommon subscribers
may purchase Box and HP services in early 2012, as part of their annual

Based on the HP Converged Infrastructure and HP Cloud System solutions, HP,
in conjunction with SHI, will provide a “private community cloud” suite of
infrastructure services that are designed to meet required levels of
security, performance and availability for higher education. HP and SHI will
operate these services for the Internet2 community. SHI Cloud combines
best-of-breed technologies to create the most secure, high-performance, and
industrial grade cloud offering with private, dedicated, managed or
multi-tenant options. Indiana University; Penn State; University of Notre
Dame; and the University of Utah will participate in a pilot program after
which the service will be made broadly available.

“Top research institutions require flexible, affordable cloud services to be
able to conduct some of the most important, compute-intensive research in the
world,” said Rich Geraffo, senior vice president and managing director of HP
Enterprise business. “HP and SHI are teaming up to deliver Internet2 members
the reliability, performance and scalability required to further advance
these innovative efforts.”

“Academic communities are driving innovation in every industry, and they
require a cloud platform that’s powerful, secure, and scalable to support
their computing needs,” says Thai Lee, president and CEO of SHI. “By joining
forces with HP and Internet2, we’ll be able to deliver and manage an
affordable private cloud that will let research teams focus on their work,
not their IT department. Further, our robust industrial-grade cloud platform
will support the core mission of Internet2 by delivering technology that goes
beyond today and meets future needs of the computing world.”

Box provides secure, scalable content sharing and collaboration that both
users and IT love and adopt. Box's dynamic, flexible content management
solution empowers users to share and access content from anywhere, while
providing IT enterprise-grade security and oversight into how content moves
within their organizations. Content on Box can also be accessed through
mobile applications, and extended to partner applications such as Google
Apps. Cornell University; Indiana University; University of California,
Berkeley; University of Michigan; University of Notre Dame; and other early
adopters will immediately begin using Box to validate and tune the offering.

“Today, cloud solutions can easily and securely connect users to their
content, which allows them to make better decisions – faster – and work more
effectively with anyone,” said Dan Levin, COO of Box. “We are thrilled to be
working with Internet2 so universities across the country can use Box to
access their information, collaborate with others and share valuable content
from wherever they are.”

About Internet2

Internet2, owned by U.S. research universities, is the world’s most advanced
networking consortium for global researchers and scientists who develop
breakthrough Internet technologies and applications and spark tomorrow’s
essential innovations. Internet2 consists of more than 350 U.S. universities;
corporations; government agencies; laboratories; higher learning; and other
major national, regional and state research and education networks; and
organizations representing more than 50 countries. Internet2, Internet2 NET+
Services, and InCommon are registered trademarks. For more information, see

About HP

HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on
people, businesses, governments and society. The world’s largest technology
company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal
computing, software, services and IT infrastructure at the convergence of the
cloud and connectivity, creating seamless, secure, context-aware experiences
for a connected world. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at

About SHI

Founded in 1989, SHI International Corp. is a $3.5 billion+ global provider
of technology products and services. Driven by the industry's most
experienced and stable sales force and backed by software volume licensing
experts, hardware procurement specialists, and certified IT services
professionals, SHI delivers custom IT solutions to Corporate, Enterprise,
Public Sector, and Academic customers. With over 1,750 + employees worldwide,
SHI is the largest Minority/Woman Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) in the
U.S. and is ranked 19th among Everything Channel's VAR 500 list of North
American IT solution providers. For more information, visit

About Box

Founded in 2005, Box provides a secure content sharing platform that both
users and IT love and adopt. Content on Box can be shared internally and
externally, accessed through iPad, iPhone and Android applications, and
extended to partner applications such as Google Apps, NetSuite and
Salesforce. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Box is a privately held company
and is backed by venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz, Draper Fisher
Jurvetson, Emergence Capital Partners, Meritech Capital Partners, Scale
Venture Partners, and U.S. Venture Partners. To learn more about Box, please

Todd Sedmak
Communications Manager

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