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Merit Network to Feature New Services at EDUCAUSE 2011 Conference

For the third consecutive year, Merit Network, Inc. will feature its innovative enterprise services at the nation’s premier conference for higher education, the 2011 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Merit is the preferred nonprofit provider for higher education, delivering email, cloud services, and professional development to leading universities, private colleges, and community colleges.
“Our Members are utilizing the services within our safe, secure cloud environment to serve their campus communities,” 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 2011 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 Kansas State University, Eastern Michigan University, Lamar University, Wayne State University, Western Michigan University, and many others.

Merit VirtualDataCenters

For institutions seeking to expand their IT infrastructure, Merit VirtualDataCenters provide more computing power without the investment in additional physical hardware and the timely process of expanding server rooms. With Merit VirtualDataCenters (VDCs), you can configure your own set of virtual servers for your business, educational, and/or research needs.

Merit Cloud Storage

Designed as a cost-effective, stress-free solution, Merit Cloud Storage offers bulk storage on an enterprise-level array, provisioned using the Openfiler virtual storage appliance. Perform off-site disaster recovery backups of many different forms of enterprise data, including: database and enterprise servers, directories, and project-based data.

Merit WebConnect

Uniting video, audio and web conferencing in one online interface, Merit WebConnect is a cost-effective, enterprise-level web conferencing solution. The flexible service allows users to communicate and collaborate in a variety of ways. It’s perfect for meetings, training, tutoring, interactive support, or other interactive communication needs.

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 #1056 inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center on October 18-20, 2011 to learn more and to register to win an iPhone.

For further details visit Merit’s services web site.