Big name universities. Big research. Big data. Big brains. Big collaboration?
I had the honor to attend the Internet2 conference in the nation’s capital last week. I was there to help announce the new Adobe Connect Managed Services offering that will be available soon as an Internet2 NET+ service (www.internet2.edu/netplus). We on the Adobe Connect team are thrilled to be a part of this community and the great achievements its members will undoubtedly produce.
At its most basic, Internet2 provides a high speed, private network to its members. But that doesn’t even begin to explain the capabilities of this network, the security and reliability its members will enjoy, and the power of bringing together communities that are some of the most brilliant researchers, scientists, and scholars on our globe. The founders of this initiative say it better than Ido, so take a look at the introduction to the Internet2 networking consortium on their web site: www.internet2.edu.
Think Hadron Collider today. Think the cure for cancer tomorrow. Never before had it occurred to me to stop to consider the amount of computation, throughput, and storage power that would be required to support such complex initiatives. Until now, realtime collaboration at such a scale was next to impossible. The security restrictions alone could make collaboration challenging at best. With membership in Internet2, research, education, and industry institutions have access to some of the fastest, most secure networks on the globe. Using Internet2 Net+ services to collaborate – including Adobe Connect meetings and virtual classrooms – members can share private and secure virtual lab space, classrooms, project rooms, and more.
With boundaries removed, teamwork and knowledge sharing will only increase. We can’t begin to imagine what the big-brained, big data, Internet2 community will achieve next over ‘big collaboration’.