About the Program

Merit believes in making connections. Connections that benefit our members, connections that benefit our communities, and connections that advance innovation in our industry. With this in mind, we have created the Merit Community Supporter program.

Community Supporter organizations provide innovative resources and solutions to Merit Members, and their contributions make possible the Bring-A-Colleague (2 for one pricing) program for Merit events. Additionally, scholarships to Professional Development courses are funded by Merit’s Community Supporter program.

Merit operates under five core values: Integrity, People, Innovation, Excellence and Community. We believe these organizations exemplify these core values and we appreciate their valuable contributions to the Merit community.

The Merit Community Supporter program forms a bridge between the Merit community and select organizations. The following organizations are the initial participants in this new program:

If your organization is interested in participating in the Merit Community Supporter Program, please contact us at communitysupporter@merit.edu

ADVA Optical Networking
Data Strategy
Juniper Networks

Meet the Merit Community Supporters

At ADVA Optical Networking we’re creating new opportunities for tomorrow’s networks, a new vision for a connected world. Our intelligent telecommunications hardware, software and services have been deployed by several hundred service providers and thousands of enterprises. Our innovative connectivity solutions have helped to drive our customers’ networks forward, helped to drive their businesses to new levels of success. We forge close working relationships with all our customers. As your trusted partner we ensure that we’re always ready to exceed your networking expectations.

For well over a decade, ADVA Optical Networking has supplied industry-leading Optical, Ethernet and Synchronous Timing solutions to dozens of Regional Optical Networks (RONs), Universities, Colleges and K-12 institutions throughout North America, as well as around the world. ADVA is a corporate member of Internet2, and sponsors a technical advisory group known as the Research & Education Technical Advisory Group, or RETAG for our customers and other interested parties. We are proud to be a member of this unique and dynamic community.


ADVA Optical Networking

Social Media

Twitter feed @ADVAOpticalNews

Facebook page

YouTube channel



Thomas R. Browne
Account Manager
ADVA Optical Networking

Data Strategy was formed with a single focus; to provide customers with the ability to effectively manage their data while maintaining control of the costs resulting from server and data growth. We limit our focus to virtualization, storage management, backup & archival and business continuance in order to provide our clients with subject matter experts that ensure project success, from implementation forward. We serve clients of all sizes across a wide set of industries. From enterprise to commercial, Data Strategy has helped clients in manufacturing, healthcare, retail, education, financial services, real estate and government. Diverse as these clients are, we serve as a partner in helping them identify and achieve their business objectives through solution design and implementation. It is this demonstrated industry experience that qualifies our competency and leadership with the solutions we provide.

Proven Expertise

The following represents our specific experience and focus areas:


Data Strategy

Enterprise Server and Desktop Virtualization

Performed the Assessment, Architecture, Deployment and Conversion of a 500 server Virtual Infrastructure solution.

Performed the Deployment of a distributed Virtual Infrastructure solution encompassing 30 sites and over 800 virtual servers.

Performed the Assessment, Architecture and Pilot and are in the process of Deploying a distributed 14,000 seat Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VMware View).

Performed Operational Readiness consulting for an Enterprise customer desiring increased adoption of virtualization in order to realize greater ROI.

Site to Site Replication and Disaster Recovery

Architecture, Pilot and Deployment of numerous Enterprise class Array to Array Replication solutions for offsite Backup and Disaster Recovery purposes.

Pilot and Deployment of numerous VMware Site Recovery Manager Solutions leveraging Array to Array based Replication.

Backup and Recovery

Architecture and Deployment of numerous Backup solutions leveraging the following technologies:

  • Disk to Tape, Disk to Disk to Tape
  • Off Host Backup, Snapshot Based Backup
  • Virtual Tape Libraries
  • Source and Target Based Deduplication

Partner Relationships

Data Strategy maintains the following partner relationships:

  • VMware Premier Partner and Authorized Consultant
  • EMC Advantage and Authorized Services Network Partner
  • IBM Premier Business Partner
  • HP Business Partner
  • CISCO Business Partner


Matt White, Data Strategy Account Representative

The New Network is Here — Juniper Networks

Networks are becoming more relevant in the world we live in today, and at Juniper Networks we believe the network can create a connected planet that unleashes a great wealth of possibility, innovation, and discovery that cannot be measured.

But the demands on the network are changing rapidly and require a new approach.

Cloud computing and the mobile Internet are two macro trends driving an exponential increase in traffic volume, new services, and new subscribers around the world. These trends will define the next decade, with broad implications for the technology industry, and for network innovation in particular. In the face of this increased demand, legacy approaches to networking are proving unsustainable. They are too costly, too complex, and simply cannot scale.

It’s Time for a New Network

At Juniper Networks, we are leading the charge to architecting the new network. At the heart of the new network is our promise to transform the economics and experience of networking for our customers. We offer a high-performance network infrastructure built on simplicity, security, openness, and scale. We are innovating in ways that empower our customers, our partners, and ultimately everyone in a connected world.

Our products and technologies run the world’s largest and most demanding networks today, enabling our customers to create value and accelerate business success within the new, rapidly changing global marketplace. Our customers include the top 130 global service providers, 96 of the Global Fortune 100, as well as hundreds of federal, state and local government agencies and higher education organizations throughout the world.

As a pure play, high-performance networking company, we offer a broad product portfolio that spans routing, switching, security, application acceleration, identity policy and control, and management designed to provide unmatched performance, greater choice, and true flexibility, while reducing overall total cost of ownership. In addition, through strong industry partnerships, Juniper Networks is fostering a broad ecosystem of innovation across the network.

Disruptive Innovation

Juniper Networks has developed and productized some of the industry’s most groundbreaking, disruptive innovations across every aspect of networking technology. They include a dedication to developing new, pure play IP solutions based on a unique single architecture, a single operating system, and a single software release train that ensures performance, reliability, and security at the scale that customers demand of their networks-without compromise.

Our core competencies in hardware systems, silicon design, network architecture, and our open cross-network software platform are helping to propel the new network.

Learn more about our products and services.


Juniper Networks

Web Site


Social Media

Twitter feed @JuniperNetworks

Facebook page

YouTube channel


Robin McClear, Juniper Networks

Become a Merit Community Supporter

Relationships, Community, Innovation
The Merit community is growing, and the opportunity to become a valued member of our community has never been more advantageous. Merit is a trusted brand within the education, government, and non-profit communities, and can provide you a path to get your products and brand into the hands and minds of Michigan’s education, non-profit and governmental professionals.

Becoming a Merit Community Supporter will give your organization an elite position within this dedicated, unique community.

The benefits to Community Supporters are many, including:

Access to Merit Members throughout the country
Featured Sponsorship with speaking opportunities at Merit Member Conference, MCRCon, and summits
Discounted Professional Learning courses available to Community Supporter employees
Logo on Merit corporate folders and all Merit Professional Development and conference promotions
Featured stories of Community Supporters’ successes and news on Merit’s website and social media channels
Use of Merit’s videoconferencing and meeting facilities
And more!

Request a prospectus and application today! Email us at communitysupporter@merit.edu or call 734-527-5734.