I am pleased to announce that Wasabi has been selected to join the Internet2 community. \u00a0The Internet2 consortium operates a high-capacity, low-latency network that connects over 60,000 research and education organizations. \u00a0Internet2 members now enjoy high-speed access to Wasabi via the Internet2 Cloud Exchange. The entire Internet2 community can now take full advantage of all the price, performance and protection benefits of Wasabi hot cloud storage.\r\n\r\nWhether sequencing DNA, modeling climate change or exploring the origin of the universe, today\u2019s researchers need to gather and analyze vast amounts of data\u2014quickly and cost-effectively. \u00a0Traditional on-premises storage platforms and first-generation cloud storage solutions like Amazon S3 can be too expensive and complicated for big data and analytics. Many researchers simply can\u2019t afford to store vast amounts of data for extended periods.\r\n\r\nWasabi breaks down big data and analytics storage barriers, providing a simple and affordable alternative to conventional storage arrays or legacy cloud storage services. \u00a0Wasabi eliminates the equipment costs and management hassles of traditional on-premises storage solutions. And Wasabi is significantly less expensive and considerably faster than competitive cloud storage services (Wasabi is 80% cheaper and 6x faster than S3).\r\n\r\nWith our Internet2 partnership, colleges and universities, government agencies and other members can now store massive datasets on Wasabi for a fraction of the price of alternative solutions. \u00a0You can use Wasabi to store research data or any other type of content\u2014campus security video, digital media, electronic records\u2014reliably and economically. Wasabi hot cloud storage is instantly and infinitely scalable, easy to administer and use, and works with a variety of commercial and open-source data management tools.\r\n\r\nWasabi is also easy to budget. \u00a0Unlike Amazon, we don\u2019t charge extra fees for accessing data or invoking API calls, so you never have to worry about surprise bills. \u00a0Wasabi is great for researchers with cash-strapped grants, for government agencies with tight budgets or for any organization looking to do more with less.\r\n\r\nOur Internet2 partnership also makes it easy for community members to share data and collaborate. \u00a0Distributed teams can use Wasabi as a common storage repository for joint research programs or other collaborative efforts. \u00a0Far-flung contributors can exchange large datasets\u2014quickly and securely\u2014directly over the Internet2 network, avoiding public internet latency and performance bottlenecks.\r\n\r\nWasabi is proud to join the Internet2 consortium and we look forward to helping the community advance education and accelerate the pace of discovery. \u00a0We\u2019ll be showcasing our solution this week at the Internet2 Technology Exchange in Orlando. Please stop by and say hello.