IlliniCloud Disaster Recovery

Posted January 5th, 2011 in Featured, News, Portfolio, Trials by Cloud Master

Disaster Recovery services starting February 1!

The IlliniCloud is contacting districts that submitted their requirement survey papers at the kick-off meeting.  If a requirement survey has not been submitted, you can sign up and submit the required form on the Membership page.

Services will begin February 1.

Disaster Recovery Requirements

  • K12 District within Illinois
  • Windows or Linux Servers
  • A full time technical support person
  • Indicate your provider (ICN/other) and connection speed - T1 minimum speed required.
  • An existing backup solution.
  • Participation and feedback through workgroups.
  • IlliniCloud Membership

Disaster Recovery Details

Membership will include participation in the Disaster Recovery trial for those eligible.  Trials will begin February 1st 2011 and end July 1st 2011.

There will be no charge to districts for ‘overages’ of space throughout the trial.

IlliniCloud will be using this trial period to determine the appropriate costs and membership space allotment.

After July 1 2011 there will be a cost per gigabyte for Disaster Recovery services over the membership space allotment.

IlliniCloud will conduct ongoing trials to determine costs for additional services and membership benefits.

IlliniCloud Workgroups

Posted March 24th, 2011 in Featured, News, Portfolio, Workgroup by Cloud Master

IlliniCloud Workgroups are here and open to Illinois school districts!

IlliniCloud will be hosting collaborative teams in the form of Workgroups. We hope that people from all over Illinois with expertise will join us in researching, collaborating and testing all the many technologies that can help make Education better.

Most of the work will take place on the IlliniCloud Workgroup Wiki and on mailing lists. Check out the Wiki for information on how to join and participate in workgroups or become a Workgroup Leader.

We are always looking for more suggestions but as of today, the official Workgroups supported by IlliniCloud are:

  • Conferencing
    • Conferencing Software, including but not limited to: Big Blue Button, WebEx, Adobe Connect, GoToMeeting, etc…
  • Canvas
  • Google Apps
    • Integration of Google Apps into schools
  • LMS and CMS
    • Learning Management System and Curriculum Management Systems: Moodle, Blackboard, etc…
  • Disaster Recovery
    • Disaster Recovery solutions.
  • SMS
    • Student Management Systems such as Skyward and PowerSchool ”This group might be broken into more specialized Workgroup teams in the future”
  • VDI
    • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Including Vmware View, Citrix, Stoneware, etc… Also known as a hosted desktops and provisioning.
  • Video Portals
    • TubeOS and other variants for delivering internal youtube-like services.

Again, check out the IlliniCloud Workgroup Wiki for more information.

Illinicloud Wins Award At Storage Networking World!

Posted April 7th, 2011 in Featured, News, Portfolio by Jason Radford

Today was a very exciting day for our effort, we had been nominated as a finalist for best practices in virtualization and cloud computing by the folks at Storage Networking World.

I never dreamed that we would actually win, it was just an honor to be at the industry event with companies like Rackspace,  Google, Fusion-IO, EMC, NetApp, Cisco, HP, etc.

Imagine my surprise when it was announced the Illinicloud had won the award, it was amazing.

This was truly a team effort and would not have been possible without all of the great people that make up the illinicloud team as well as all of the school districts participating that have made us a success at lowering the cost of IT for schools.

The URL below links to the award.  Well done everyone!