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Ultra-fast US academic network Internet2 is going to peer with Microsoft's cloud to give researchers from over 200 institutions high-speed reliable access to Azure at a discounted rate. The peering arrangement with Microsoft was announced on Thursday and will initially see Internet2's 220 plus member institutions gain " …


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  1. Cucumber C Face

    Through Internet2 we can support a small number of very large flows

    Hmm.. does this look a little like Internet1 circa 1990?

    i.e. it's high time they allocate 99.9% of the address space to US govt institutions, universities, megacorps, bagel stores, kindergartens etc. before the rest of the World gets a look in.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Through Internet2 we can support a small number of very large flows

      Fair point, but when what we know today as the Internet was ARPANET, it was just an experimental research network, and they had no idea it would grow into anything like what it was. Commercial use was forbidden until the 90s. There was no reason for MIT not to take a whole class A, because what possible worry would there be to run out of an address space measured in the billions when there's a limit of only a few tens of thousands of entities that would ever connect to what it was when these allocations were made in the mid 80s?

      No worry of this with Internet2, even if they were still using a 32 bit address space, because technologies it develops would be adopted piecemeal by the real Internet. It isn't as though we'll say on Jan. 1 201x, everyone in the world has to update all network related hardware and software because they're picking up and moving everything over to Internet2. So if you get an email telling you to do that, it is probably spam :)

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    ...isn't that like the Windows 8 of Cloud infrastructure?

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    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: *Real* Boffins Use Linux and Open Source

      "Cynical? Moi?"

      Nope. Deranged and prone to using trite phrases. And stop talking about boffins and trying to sound like an engineer. You're neither. Engineers wouldn't ignore a potential solution to a problem out of some childish hatred. Scientists are capable of original thought. You fail on both counts.

    2. Bronek Kozicki

      Re: *Real* Boffins Use Linux and Open Source

      why says that academics do not run Linux in Azure? It's supported by Microsoft, so why not?

  4. Robert Forsyth

    It won't be any good until version 3

    Odd numbered versions good, even poor.

  5. Smartypantz

    Maybe not to late

    Maybe its still not too late for "The Microsoft Internet" we all know was old Bills wet dream

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