Opportunity

Create a private cloud to deliver compute, networking, and storage services to public schools and municipalities at a low cost.

Results

50%

Reduction of school district IT costs

Products & Solutions

IlliniCloud

Illinois nonprofit saves school districts 50% in IT infrastructure costs with cloud services

The world is changing fast, and K-12 schools are challenged to keep pace in preparing students for success in postsecondary education and future careers. To teach mandatory skills to students growing up in a wired world, schools must make innovative use of technology and facilitate interactive learning—anytime, anywhere.

By providing cloud-based computing, networking, and storage resources to K–12 school districts in Illinois and six other states, IlliniCloud has pioneered a shared resources model in which districts are not burdened by hardware acquisition and management costs. Instead, it offers a pay-as-you-go model that lets districts add or remove services as needed. The goal is to make leading-edge IT resources accessible to districts of every size and budget.

With more than 350 school districts as IlliniCloud customers, and more requesting membership every year, the six-person infrastructure team at IlliniCloud needed a flexible, scalable, easily managed solution.

To optimize storage performance, IlliniCloud uses NetApp Flash Cache intelligent caching to speed data access through intelligent caching of recently read user data or metadata. IlliniCloud also uses NetApp technologies to provide reliable data protection and disaster recovery options for member school districts. NetApp SnapVault software leverages block-level incremental replication and NetApp Snapshot copies for reliable, low-overhead disk-to-disk backup.

Many member districts could not otherwise afford to store their data off site.

About this Customer

IlliniCloud, a nonprofit consortium based in Illinois, helps school districts address a pressing need in education. By providing cloud-based computing, networking, and storage resources to K–12 school districts in Illinois and six other states, IlliniCloud has pioneered a shared resources model in which districts are not burdened by hardware acquisition and management costs.

About this Partner

CDW-G is a leading provider of technology solutions for education, government, and healthcare.

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