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Thursday, July 22, 2010

CENIC, PNWGP 10Gig Link to Amazon

This past week NLR members CENIC and the Pacific Northwest GigaPoP (PNWGP) announced two 10Gbps connections to Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) for the use of CENIC’s members in California, as well as PNWGP’s multistate K-20 research and education community.

“The ability to use cost-effective cloud services to store and process large amounts of data is vital for researchers in many of the most active areas of research,” says CENIC President and CEO, and NLR Board Chair, Jim Dolgonas. “Collaborative research is dependent on the ability to share, and seamlessly access and manipulate data. With these new peering connections to Amazon Web Services, both the CENIC and PNWGP communities can obtain maximum speed and benefit from AWS cloud services.”

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Broadband Grants Fill Commercial Gap: New York Times

A feature in yesterday's New York Times provided several examples of the expected impact to individuals, businesses and community anchors of the recently announced NTIA broadband grants, which included $62 million to NLR and research and education partners.

The grants will connect institutions like schools and hospitals in regions "that big Internet providers have bypassed because the expected revenue was too small to justify the big investments needed," according to the article.

A good read.