Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
We are currently offering Infrastructure as a Service as a pilot for any schools that are interested. We can either bring up new VMs for you to run your servers in the IlliniCloud or we can migrate an existing physical or virtual server from your local datacenter to ours. If you are interested in this service please fill out the Request Form below and be sure to check out the FAQ section below as well to get more information about the service.
- What is Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)?
- What services are eligible for IaaS?
- How do I access my servers to manage them?
- Who has access to my servers?
- Is there any restrictions as to what I can run?
- Do you offer any licensing services (such as Microsoft Server licenses)?
- Do you backup the servers?
- Is the service managed or unmanaged?
- How much does this service cost?
What is Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)?
Infrastructure as a service is where an organization outsources certain systems to be ran offsite in the "cloud". Instead of having to purchase servers and storage and manage the multiple elements of successfully hosting and running a service, the service is instead ran in the cloud and you access and configure the service remotely. This eliminates the up front costs of having to purchase and provision new hardware and instead turns into a monthly or yearly service fee to run the service.
What services are eligible for IaaS?
We find many school districts are bring their web based solutions over to us to host and that includes their Student Information Systems such as PowerSchool. In order to successfully utilize a server in the cloud you have to have sufficient bandwidth to access those services. We do offer a 5:1 bump for ICN customers, but most solutions that are moved over are not heavy bandwidth services such as a video portal. Services such as File Servers are not a good option to move over to the cloud and we will be soon offering a Dropbox like option that will be more suited for File Storage and Retrieval.
How do I access my servers to manage them?
Currently we are offering RDP/SSH support to the servers and will be providing a Self Service Portal here soon for complete management of all services and provisioning of new one.
Who has access to my servers?
Your IaaS services are isolated from the other servers inside of the IlliniCloud and is only accessible via rules added to the firewall. This would prevent your servers from being attacked by other servers in the IlliniCloud and also protect the other servers from being attacked by your servers. The other servers that you have in the IaaS service are not isolated from each other so you can easily access the other servers if needed (or firewall them for security reason on the local OS). The IlliniCloud Operation Team does have access to the Virtualized Environment running all the servers and could technically access the machines in that manner, but would not unless instructed to.
Is there any restrictions as to what I can run?
Beyond legal restrictions there is not. You can install any OS you wish and use any service you wish as long as you have the bandwidth to access that service. You can run any OS you wish as long as it will run in a virtualized environment.
Do you offer any licensing services (such as Microsoft Server licenses)?
We do not. You are responsible for whatever licenses you use on the server. We do license any of the instances and you either need to purchase licenses or use open source or free software.
Do you backup the servers?
We provide disaster recovery services for the server in case of emergencies, but you should do your own backup if you wish to restore down the file, database, or mailbox level if you are running a service such as that. Any restore we would do would be a point in time restore of the VM from a snapshot.
Is the service managed or unmanaged?
We do not manage the servers (take care of updates or antivirus definitions or anything like that). It is your responsibility to make sure everything is patched and fully protected as best as possible. We do proactive and reactive network monitoring and if anything funny is going on you will be notified, but we do not offer any fully managed solutions unless otherwise noted in the service offerings.
How much does this service cost?
We currently are working out the pricing for this service and it will be available shortly.