Services Designed with Our Members in Mind
As a partner of higher education, K-12, government, health care, libraries, research institutions and other non-profits in Michigan since 1966, Merit features a diverse collection of services aimed at advancing our Members’ goals while providing quality, reliability and value. We rely on our Members’ feedback to curate a robust portfolio of services that meet the needs of our unique Membership.
Merit’s services are supported by the Michigan-based Merit Support Center (MSC), operated 24 x 7 x 365 by highly trained staff who continuously monitor the backbone, ensuring service availability for every Member.

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    Our Backbone Features Over 3,800 Miles of Fiber-Optic Infrastructure

    Merit operates one of America’s longest-running regional networks, and is a trusted network provider in Michigan and beyond.

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    Michigan's only Connection to Internet2

    Internet2 is a consortium of over 300 universities formed to develop and deploy the advanced applications and technologies. Merit provides access to Internet2’s national high-speed research & education network backbone.

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Internet and Networking Services
Our backbone boasts multiple diverse 10Gb paths to access points in Chicago that connect with the commodity Internet and Internet2; a 10Gb connection to Internet2 in Ohio; peering agreements with private networks; and connections to other research and education networks.

Merit’s regional, mesh network places Members closer to the Internet, providing your organization with a faster route than available from a commercial provider.

Cybersecurity Services
Stay ahead of emerging threats! Merit offers a full portfolio of cybersecurity services to keep your organization secure. Train your staff, test your software, manage your online identity, protect your assests, and defend your networks.

An solid offense is the best defense against imminent cyber threats. Merit can help protect organizations of all sizes.

Cloud & Communication Services
Merit is working together with distinctive, reliable providers to solve Members’ challenges in collaboration throughout their institutions. From a media repository for educational institutions, to voice over internet services, to discounted software licensing, to private social portals for higher education, our Members can connect meaningfully and securely with students and employees.

Professional Services
Merit’s considerable networking and security expertise is available to our Members on an individual consulting basis. Our professional staff consult on many projects, helping to optimize and protect our Members’ networks. Merit’s engineers are also available to participate in research projects and advanced networking endeavors.

Professional Development
Merit’s Professional Development program is designed to promote a high level of accomplishment and awareness among Michigan’s specialists in information technology for research and education.

Merit’s events serve to help build a community of users by bringing together individuals who have similar needs and interests.

Membership & Community Development
Merit Network is a membership organization, and our thriving community benefits from the contributions and cooperation of our diverse membership. Merit regularly hosts technical and discussion-based meetings focused on key areas of interest to Members. These meetings provide a forum for Members to learn from each other and share best practices in information technology.
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