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MERIT

MEMBERSHIP

JOIN THE COMMUNITY

“i’d like to welcome you to the merit community – the nation’s premier research and education network. we want you to consider merit your trusted technology partner in advanced networking, cyber security, data center colocation, professional development and a broad array of other services. i encourage you to discover the power of collaboration with expert peers in our community throughout michigan and beyond”

JOSEPH SAWASKY,

President & CEO of Merit

MERIT NETWORK OVERVIEW

Merit is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, owned and governed by Michigan’s public universities, that has been supporting the education community for more than 50 years. Our 4,000 miles of fiber-optic infrastructure serves hundreds of organizations throughout Michigan and our networking and security services are used by Members across the United States.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS INCLUDE

HYPER-LOCAL EXPERT SUPPORT

Members can speak directly with a Merit staff member 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Merit Support Center, located in Ann Arbor, MI, constantly monitors the backbone of our network for superior connectivity and proactive protection.

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

IP addresses, DNS service, caching service, Internet2, access to Merit’s product portfolio.

COLLABORATION

Merit Commons, Member Portal, Merit Advisory Committee, Merit Member Conference, summits, communities of practice and more.

MERIT’S VALUE

TRUST – Merit is a non-profit, member-owned organization, which exists solely for the benefit of our community. We are dedicated to our members’ success.

DIGITAL COMMUNITY

Merit fosters community – both digitally and in-person. Our network builds strong peer relationships and collaboration between member organizations.

SUPERIOR NETWORK

Merit’s network is faster and more reliable than our competition. Our statewide network can provide nearly unlimited bandwidth in cost-effective increments.

CYBERSECURITY

Merit’s high-quality and affordable cybersecurity services protect our community. Government agencies, educational organizations, health care providers and nonprofits rely on our suite of cybersecurity services to keep their networks, data and reputation more secure.

MCAP

The Merit Community Assistance Pact (MCAP) was developed to anchor a community technical support network among Merit Members. For Member organizations who need extra staff or other resources to assist in business continuity/disaster recovery events, MCAP is a vehicle through which participants have access to pre-vetted personnel, agreements and contracts available on short notice to engage specific skills and infrastructure which has been pledged by the Community. Visit merit.edu/mcap for more information.

MERIT MARKETPLACE

The Merit Marketplace is a unique opportunity for Merit Members to receive exclusive deals on products and services for your organization. These include a wide variety of software, training and services, using first-in-class providers.

Our goal is to cast a wide net on services without losing the strength of our commitment to quality. Visit merit.edu/marketplace for more information.