Cloud Hosted

KanREN Cloud Storage: “The StormCellar”

KanREN’s StormCellar storage service is designed and deployed to meet the needs of small to medium sized universities, colleges, schools and libraries.

KanREN’s StormCellar storage service is co-located with our backbone network. KanREN provisions StormCellar storage for members based on a monthly fee. Members may stream data on and off of the storage system using any of the tornadosupported protocols (NFS, SMB/CIFS, AFP, iSCSI). KanREN StormCellar storage is intended for institution level deployment; we cannot provision for individual students, faculty or staff. We do not charge for or limit the access to the service, but we expect the consortium to respect I/O resources are limited and work together to minimize contentions.

Each institutional account automatically allows access via your favorite transmission protocol. File level access even supports multiple protocols for the same account.

Reliability and Availability

KanREN will strive to achieve the greatest uptime and data integrity possible. KanREN’s members have emphasized data integrity over availability and we took that direction when designing the StormCellar storage service. While we believe both reliability and availability will be excellent, integrity will be of a higher priority in case of emergency.

Need More Information?

For more information on the KanREN storage service, please send an e-mail to, or call 785-856-9800.

KanREN Compute: Virtual Machines

KanREN’s virtual machine service delivers solid performance with comparable pricing.  KanREN virtual machines are hosted within the KanREN network, ensuring the best possible performance when accessing from your site or anywhere in the world. KanREN’s virtual machines are offered in three different tiers to meet varying member needs, and service may be upgraded at any time. Pricing and specifications may be seen on our rates page.

Doing What Others Cannot

KanREN compute doesn’t compete with other cloud offerings — it complements them and does things they do not. Our virtual machines are most successful when leveraged with our network. They are fantastic for use in DR scenarios, front-ends for off-site backup (using our StormCellar storage) or other scenarios where “on-network” compute makes sense. Because KanREN is the network provider for your institution and our own VM services, a number of paradigms can be achieved that simply cannot happen with other cloud-hosted options. And like all KanREN services, IPv4 addresses, IPv6 connectivity, etc. are all baked right  in.

More Information?

For more information on the KanREN Virtual Machines, please send an e-mail to, or call 785-856-9800.

Cloud Networking: Virtualized Networks

KanREN Cloud Networking services are customized on a per-use basis to meet exactly member needs. KanREN can host elements of member networks within our cloud.

How it Works

Members with access-circuit bandwidth constraints, or multiple locations are the most likely candidates. By moving the network border into the KanREN cloud, members can avoid moving data over costly access-circuits multiple times. Security policies can be applied to traffic before it traverses access-circuits to end locations, thus saving precious bandwidth for legitimate traffic.

More Information?

For more information on KanREN Cloud Networking, please send an e-mail to or call 785-856-9800.

Convenience Services:

KanREN offers other convenience cloud-services as well, including e-mail scrubbing, web hosting, DNS hosting etc. Some of these services are available at no charge, and many are offered as a convenience service for our members who have modest needs for particular services. If you have a basic, convenience service need, please contact us about it, we’re here to help whenever we can.