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The Illini Cloud State of the art computing resources for K-12 Overview Historical perspective of shared network computing for Illinois school districts Status Quo IlliniCloud Overview POC Services Next Steps History LincOn Networking and services for K-12 Historical issues limiting success Network Latency Technology of the Time Opt ALL-IN History Continued Illinois Century Network / Learning Technology Centers District IT scramble 870+ school districts Similar services / varying levels of implementation and success Continuing demand on IT resources to keep up with the Joneses Issues Facing School District IT Lack of funds to provide reliable computing infrastructure Keeping up with rapid demand for computing, storage, and networking infrastructure Protecting existing district assets for continuity and disaster recovery Staff retention and development to keep pace with training and onsite technologies Limited bargaining power with vendors What can cloud computing do to help? Creates a model of computing where districts do not rely on large capex but small opex expenditures Through economy of scale provides state of the art computing, storage, and networking resources to all districts regardless of size Enables districts the ability to provide existing resources more efficiently with the ability to expand resources cost effectively What is the Illini Cloud? Scalable enterprise level computing resources spread across 3 data centers in the state (initially) Vast amounts of high performance and capacity optimized storage Next generation data center and networking infrastructure for school districts who would otherwise not be able to afford this level of equipment or service Driving principles of the Illini Cloud A standards based, vendor neutral resource for K-12. Each district decides what is ran with their resources allowing complete district control On-Net resources to save districts precious Internet bandwidth for ICN customers A safe haven for school districts in need of computing resources in times of budgetary crisis What does this provide to schools? A new model for bargaining with hardware and software vendors Complete district control of resources and data Pay to play model (Walmart) Opportunities for large scale backend integration with software vendors (Automation) Computing and data mobility Opt-in/Opt-out anytime Why should districts get involved? It is *THE* time Data center resources managed by specialists Applications are controlled and developed by YOUR peers, not companies (Illini Cloud workgroups) Dramatic cost savings Changing the way district IT relates to computing demands, instead of the current situation of scrambling to provide them Pilot Services Offered Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) Software as a service (SaaS) Disaster recovery Self service portal Training and professional development Infrastructure As A Service Rather than purchasing servers, CPU, storage, and data center space school districts instead buy those resources as a fully outsourced service. These purchased services allow for an infrastructure that can scale up/down based on the application resource needs. This service is provided using enterprise grade hardware allowing small to large districts with reliable computing resources. IaaS examples Web server/CMS applications (IIS/Apache/Joomla) Library services (Alexandria, Destiny, etc) SIS (Powerschool, Skyward, etc) IEP Systems (Help, KIDS, etc) Curriculum Management (Moodle, Blackboard, Sakai, Webct) Self provisioned test environments Software As A Service Software as a service (Saas) is a software distribution model in which applications are hosted and maintained by the Illini Cloud and made available to school districts over the ICN or Internet networks. SaaS Examples Discovery Education/Learn 360 content caching State wide email list serves Email services State wide video/audio conferencing Kaltura Regionalized data automation/collection Data warehousing Disaster Recovery With the increasing importance of continuation of critical school district functions, protecting a districts data and IT infrastructure in the event of disruption has become a more visible priority. Disaster Recovery Examples Virtual machine replication to the cloud Physical server copies hosted in the cloud Backup (data at rest) storage Data archival and recovery Training/Professional Development Tried and True model for professional development Leverages expertise within K12, Higher Ed and State Coincides with growing demands for K12 More info at Summer TechFeasts – www.techfeast.org POC Updates Southern Datacenter Operational – currently adding email and disaster recovery services 5:1 Bandwidth Increase for ICN Validation Northern Datacenter Live – end of June IlliniCloud Workgroups being formed first week of June Vendor Discussions for hosting options Peering Discussions with other Bandwidth Providers Additional Funding Research Race to the Top I3 Grants eRate GreenIT IT Asset Buy Back Questions? Please send to email@example.com or Vicki DeWitt firstname.lastname@example.org Please take needs assessment survey @ www.illinicloud.org We will be at TechFeast 2010 for face to face time.
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