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  • Subject: [I2-NEWS] Internet2 and Box Announce General Availability of Cloud Services For U.S. Universities
  • Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2012 19:27:03 -0400 (EDT)

Internet2 and Box Announce General Availability of Cloud Services
For U.S. Universities

35 Universities Enrolled in Box Enterprise Trial
To Share and Manage Content in the Cloud

Ann Arbor, Mich.–-April 17, 2012 –-Internet2 and Box today announced that the
Internet2 NET+ Box customized cloud offering for all U.S. higher education
institutions is now generally available for production deployment. The
service provides a secure and simple method for campuses to rapidly deploy
Box’s content sharing and collaboration service to their entire
community—students, faculty and staff.

“We are excited to announce general availability of the Internet2 NET+ Box
service that is designed and supported by our members and other higher
education institutions,” said Dave Lambert, Internet2 CEO and President. “The
service offering covers an entire campus’ needs, with a customized offering
for higher education, compelling pricing and pre-negotiated terms not
otherwise commercially available.”

Early university adopters that are in the process of rolling out the service
campus-wide, include Cornell, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Notre Dame,
Carnegie Mellon, and UC Berkeley. To date, 35 universities are in active
trials of the Box service and more than 100 universities have expressed
interest in the Internet2 NET+ Box offering, since the pilot program was
launched in Fall 2011.

“We understand the cloud’s potential to increase collaboration throughout our
community, enable faster innovation, and cut down on IT costs,” said Laura
McCain Patterson, chief information officer at University of Michigan. “In
line with our long-term strategy for improving our campus IT environment, U-M
recently became the first university to roll out Box campus-wide through our
partnership with Internet2."

Internet2 NET+ Box service enables users to securely share, store and
collaborate on content with anyone from any device, while providing for all
the needs of higher education institutions, including campus single sign on
log-in and integration with campus provisioning and security requirements.
The service also supports Internet2’s InCommon-based authentication and
offers an easy-to-use administrative interface for reporting and managing
content on Box.

“Universities are moving away from their legacy systems and instead want
technology that mimics what students have become accustomed to in their
personal lives. Box does just that - marrying ease of use with
enterprise-class security,” said Whitney Tidmarsh Bouck, general manager of
enterprise at Box. “By joining forces with Internet2, higher education
communities can now benefit from simple content sharing and collaboration in
the cloud, giving them access to information across all devices and improving
the way teams work and learn together.”

Boxʼs cloud offering is part of the Internet2 NET+ Services program to
provide “above the network” services to Internet2 member organizations,
including higher education, government, and industry. The new services will
create a platform tailored to the needs of the Internet2 community, will be
cost and administratively effective, and will leverage Internet2ʼs 100G
network and InCommon identity management services.

Internet2 and Box will hold a working meeting for current and prospective
users at the Internet2 Spring Member Meeting on April 25, 2012, from 3 p.m.
to 4 p.m. at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway,
Arlington, Virginia.

For more details about the Internet2 NET+ Box program, FAQs, application and
contract, go to

Box will also be holding a security webinar on May 8, 2012, at 1pm PST to
review the security architecture of Box. To join this webinar, please
register at:

Higher education institutions interested in the Internet2 NET+ Box service
should email

About Internet2
Internet2® is a member-led advanced technology community founded by the
nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a
collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to
solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in
support of their educational, research, and community service missions. 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, Android, TouchPad and PlayBook
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 visit

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