Share Data and Resources Locally Using Merit's Network, Plus Connect to the InternetMerit On-Net/Off-Net Service rewards Members who collaborate or share data across Merit's robust fiber-optic network. Traffic exchanged between organizations or between an organization and its satellite locations that are directly connected to Merit's network is considered "on-net." That is, Merit will be able to provide transit within Merit's network at a relatively lower cost to Members participating in the On-Net/Off-Net Program.
Members taking advantage of the Merit On-Net/Off-Net Service can also use their dedicated connection to Merit's network to reach the Internet, which is considered "off-net" traffic.
Merit's robust backbone boasts two physically diverse 10 Gigabit paths to Network Access Points in Chicago that connect with the commodity Internet and Internet2, a 10 Gigabit connection to Internet2 in Cleveland, over 25 peering agreements with private networks and content providers, as well as connections to other research and education networks in the Midwest.
Who Most Benefits from the Merit On-Net/Off-Net ServiceMembers that use their network connections to exchange data across Merit's network for the following uses:
- Multiple, geographically distant campuses.
- Distance education between Merit's Members.
- Merit organizations who share administrative resources (many schools and libraries).
- Institutions conducting joint research across institutions.
- Members who may serve as content providers to other Members.
- Organizations using any type of caching or content servers hosted within the Merit network, such as Akamai.