Internet2, a consortium that provides an alternative high-speed network backbone to the traditional Internet, is rolling out cloud-based services to its member educational and other institutions such as government and industry.

The group is partnering with HP (NYSE: HPQ), SHI International and Box.

Cloud computing enables users to access computing, processing and server power on demand rather than having to invest in additional servers and personnel.

The offering was announced at Internet2’s annual conference, which is taking place this week in Raleigh at the convention center.

Branded NET+ Services, the cloud offering will utilize HP infrastructure, IT services from SHI International and secure content solutions from Box. SHI will offer a private cloud for the Internet2 community of users.

Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

“These partnerships benefit our members by making secure and very affordable cloud computing services available anywhere, anytime,” said Internet2 Chief Executive Officer Dave Lambert.

Several universities will participate in a pilot offering of the cloud services across the Internet2 national backbone.

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