AARNet peers with Amazon's cloud

Australian research and education network provider AARNet has announced a peering agreement with Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing arm of Amazon.com.

“For data intensive projects and global collaborations, Amazon provides Australian researchers and educators with a choice of high-performance, scalable and cost-effective computing and storage options as and when needed,” AARNet chief operating officer Don Robertson said in a statement.

AARNet clients will now have international unmetered charging for data to and from Amazon's US-WEST-2 Region in Oregon.

Under the agreement users of AARNet's network benefit from 10Gbps access to Amazon's cloud.

"AARNet peering with Amazon Web Services lights a path to leverage the most scalable compute and storage platform on the planet by disrupting the bandwidth barrier," said Macquarie University CIO Marc Bailey.

"Macquarie University is one of the leaders in the Australasian higher education sector in embracing cloud computing. This will empower our people to break new ground and cloudsource everyday research, teaching and learning activities. AARNet makes cloud uniquely possible in our context."


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