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AARNet and Zoom join forces to bring cloud conferencing to higher education

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SYDNEY Australia, 26 June 2014 – AARNet (Australia’s Academic and Research Network) today announced a partnership with Zoom, the cloud meeting company, to provide cloud-based video collaboration tools to Australia’s research and education sector.

Zoom is a High Definition (HD) web conferencing platform supporting up to 25 HD participants per meeting with integrated tools such as desktop and application sharing, white boarding and instant messaging. In addition, large meeting licences support up to 100 HD video participants.

“Zoom has the potential to revolutionise the way that academics and researchers work together across traditional boundaries, such as organisational groupings, technology platforms and geographical locations. We were looking for a video platform that was full-featured but easy to use, and affordable. Zoom ticked all the boxes and we’re excited to offer Zoom to researchers and educators throughout Australia,” said Jamie Sunderland, Director of Product Solutions for AARNet.

Zoom can be integrated with learning management systems utilising a simple “URL Click to Call” function making it easy for educators to create virtual classrooms that are accessible across a range of devices, including laptops, tablets and smartphones.

“Because Zoom allows guests to easily join meetings, it’s also a great collaboration platform for researchers working with partners outside of their organizations,” said Sunderland.

Zoom cloud infrastructure is hosted on AARNet infrastructure, leveraging the ultra high bandwidth and low latency network to deliver a high quality user experience while supporting potentially thousands of simultaneous meetings.

“Zoom’s partnership with AARNet is a great example of what can be achieved as higher education incorporates advanced cloud services into their IT infrastructure,” said Eric Yuan, Founder and CEO of Zoom. “We are proud to raise the bar for cloud video conferencing, providing quality, ease-of-use, and affordability to colleges and universities everywhere.”

For more information, please visit AARNet+ Zoom

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About AARNet

AARNet Pty Ltd (APL) is the not for profit company that operates Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet). The shareholders are 38 Australian universities and the CSIRO.

AARNet provides high capacity Internet and other communications services for the nation’s research and education community, including universities, health and other research organisations, schools, vocational training providers and cultural institutions. AARNet serves over one million end users who access the network for teaching, learning and research.

For more information, please visit: www.aarnet.edu.au

twitter: @AARNet

 

Media Contact:  Jane Gifford    +61 2 9779 6960    media@aarnet.edu.au

 

 


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