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CENIC Members Can Access Cloud ServicesMembers of the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), including the California Community Colleges, can now take advantage of cloud services from CenturyLink, FireHost and Verizon without going through a local proposal process.


CENIC's Master Service Agreements with the three companies simplifies adoption of cloud infrastructure for the California Community Colleges (CCC), California State University and University of California systems. All three systems participated in a lengthy Request for Proposals process beginning in 2012. CENIC’s contract with FireHost was announced earlier this year.

"We're especially pleased, given the breadth of services now available from CenturyLink, FireHost, and Verizon, that CENIC members will be able to obtain an appropriate level of service, whatever their particular requirements may be, whether for research, education or administrative activities," said CENIC President and CEO Louis Fox.

For the CCC, access to cloud services over the California Research & Education Network (CalREN) will support a systemwide migration to online college applications and other education tools.

"Our colleges now have the ability to access superior virtual data center services directly peered with the CENIC network,” said Tim Calhoon, Executive Director of the CCC Technology Center. “The speed and security afforded by this arrangement will enable the colleges to further assure that the information and online applications used by over 2 million community college students, faculty and staff are always available."


Firehost Secure Cloud HostingFireHost is the industry’s leading secure cloud provider. It reduces risk for customers by protecting critical data and helping them exceed compliance requirements. It is the only cloud provider with an infrastructure that was built secure from the ground up, alleviating customers from bolt-on or do-it-yourself security and compliance responsibilities. FireHost’s secure cloud is backed by a team of security specialists, including the industry’s only combination of a chief security officer, chief information security officer and security operations team. The differentiation of its secure cloud offering is based on the following:

  • Multilayered Security: The most extensive layers of built-in protection of any cloud provider, including IP reputation filtering, DDOS prevention, web application firewalling, IDS/IPS, encryption, etc.
  • Performance & Security: FireHost’s creative architecture avoids traditional performance/security tradeoffs and utilizes security to actually enhance infrastructure performance.
  • Secure Cloud Infrastructure: Compute, storage, networking, virtualization and security orchestrated as a high-performing, secure cloud
  • Fully managed: Full-time security operations and support teams share your security and compliance burden, handle integration, infrastructure management

For more information on FireHost, please contact Morgan McGowan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


CenturyLink Cloud ServicesCenturyLink Cloud is a suite of cloud services, which includes use of:

  • Virtual Servers that are customizable and burst-friendly
  • Cloud Blueprint executable templates to enable the rapid implementation of a cloud solution
  • Network Services that allow the provisioning of VLANs and VPNs, firewalls and burst-friendly billing
  • Application Services in a multi-tenant service data center environment

CenturyLink provides the infrastructure—including space and power, compute resources, storage resources, virtualization operating system, networking resources—and use of the Control Portal and API for provisioning and management.

For more information about CenturyLink Cloud, please contact Frank Saraceno at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Verizon Cloud ServicesEducation organizations throughout the state of California can now benefit from Verizon’s enterprise-class cloud computing and data center solutions. CENIC members can now purchase the following Verizon services:

  • Enterprise Cloud: A managed-computing platform that combines the power and flexibility of infrastructure-as-a-service with the expertise, security and availability required by large and small organizations alike with mission-critical computing needs
  • Virtualized Disaster Recovery: Enables customers to replicate data, applications and operating systems from their production environment into a securely managed cloud computing environment
  • Data Backup & Restore: Provides secure, streamlined online-offsite data backup and restore that is highly scalable and easily customizable

Visit the Verizon Public Sector website for more information, and contact Grace Caulfield at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Questions about all of these services can be directed to CENIC’s Cliff Frost at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Crista Souza is a TechEDge Contributing Editor.