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NJEdge and Amazon Web Services assist colleges through lower-cost cloud computing

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NJEdge and Amazon Web Services have formed an alliance to offer lower-cost cloud computing to benefit universities, businesses and others.

NJ Edge is a New Jersey-based nonprofit that provides high performance optical networking, Internet, digital asset management solutions and IT products and services to New Jersey colleges, K-12 school districts, government branches, hospital networks and businesses. The new partnership allows direct physical connection between the NJ Edge state-wide optical fiber research and education network and AWS. 

“Our member institutions are thinking more and more about migrating away from complex and expensive local implementations, such as a data center, to more affordable and easier to manage solutions such as offered by cloud computing,” NJ Edge CEO Samuel Conn said via email.

College students will be able to access student-information systems, online learning platforms and virtual laboratory environments, Conn said.

“One area where research initiatives strongly benefit is in the area of big data analysis and the ability to now storage and access very large data sets,” he said. “Much of quantitative research is dependent on generation and analysis of big data.”

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David Hutter

David Hutter

David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at dhutter@njbiz.com.

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