Earlier this year, Bryn Mawr College (in cooperation with Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges) joined with nearly 300 other institutions of higher education in connecting to Internet2 for network services. As a part of this change, Bryn Mawr has doubled its already substantial internet bandwidth to 2Gbs (evenly split between Internet2’s Commercial Peering Service and an additional service provider), and now provides a dedicated 1Gbs connection to Internet2’s Research & Education network. We also retained our strong private connection to our Tri-College partners, allowing robust access to resources at all three schools. These service enhancements enable us to further support our commitment to research and higher education.
Internet2 is a not-for-profit organization committed to advancing research and education. Among the many services offered are the Commercial Peering Service (CPS) and Research & Education (R&E) networks referenced above. CPS offers the advantage of more direct connections to in-demand services for teaching, research, and college residents. Among the many participating companies are Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Apple, and Netflix. The R&E network provides a dedicated connection to participating organizations including many major research institutions and resources.
Bryn Mawr already participates in other Internet2 programs such as the eduroam consortium for wireless roaming and the InCommon Federation which facilitates our access to services such as Hathi Trust and Lynda.com.