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Merit Network to Feature Community Cloud and Other Services at EDUCAUSE 2010 Conference

Merit Network, Inc. will feature its secure community cloud and other services at the nation’s premier conference for higher education, the 2010 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Anaheim, California. Merit is the preferred nonprofit provider for higher education, delivering email, cloud services, network monitoring, professional development, and business continuity/disaster recovery services to leading universities, private colleges, and community colleges.

“Our Members have asked us to create a safe and secure cloud environment that serves their needs,” says Donald Welch, president and CEO of Merit Network. “Merit’s Community Cloud features customizable cloud-based services that are private, secure and cost-effective, without the disadvantages of commercial services. These strategic services are extremely valuable to colleges and universities across the country.”

Services to be spotlighted at EDUCAUSE 2010 include:


The hosted-email collaboration suite features unlimited storage for all email accounts, anti-virus/anti-spam protection, shared calendaring and documents, Outlook compatibility, and more. The customizable solution is being used by Eastern Michigan University, Lamar University, Wayne State University, Western Michigan University, and many others.

Merit Cloud Services

Using our Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) approach, Merit is able to provide a secure, scalable and redundant environment to meet the growing commodity IT needs of the educational community.

Merit Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Services

Being prepared for an unexpected disaster or outage is vital to maintaining IT services on college campus. Merit’s suite of services can protect an organization from data loss and help keep campus IT services functioning.

Merit Network Monitoring

Educational networks now provide high-demand services 24×7. Problems cannot wait to be resolved, and IT staffs have less time and money than ever to monitor their networks. Merit Network Monitoring delivers customizable monitoring and reporting for networks and devices.

Merit Professional Learning

Merit Network provides an ongoing program of learning opportunities for the needs of higher education. Merit regularly offers workshops, seminars and courses that are taught by subject-matter experts and leaders in the field.

The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference is the foremost event for IT professionals in education. Visit Merit Network at booth #825 inside the Anaheim Convention Center on October 12-15, 2010 to learn more and to register to win an HDTV.

About Merit Network

Merit Network Inc., is a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan’s public universities. Merit owns and operates America’s longest-running regional research and education network. In 1966, Michigan’s public universities created Merit as a shared resource to help meet their common need for networking assistance. Since its formation, Merit Network has remained at the forefront of research and education networking expertise and services. Merit provides high-performance networking and IT solutions to Michigan’s public universities, colleges, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare, and other non-profit organizations.

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