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IU launches Indiana’s Private Cloud statewide virtual-hosting service

May 4, 2016

IU operates one of the largest internal clouds in higher education. Now, thanks to a new initiative, schools and governmental entities across the state can also take advantage of it.

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IU recently launched Indiana’s Private Cloud, a virtual-server-hosting service for Indiana’s educational institutions and governmental organizations of all sizes. The private cloud is for Hoosiers and by Hoosiers using Indiana-based networks and facilities to meet organizations’ server and storage needs.

Through Indiana’s Private Cloud, schools and municipal governments within the state can join a community of like-minded institutions and rely on a trusted source to secure their valuable information, while benefiting from a logical extension of their existing IT infrastructure. IU is expanding its private cloud capabilities to its partners in higher education, K-12 schools and local governments throughout Indiana.

"IPC’s main focus is ensuring that we provide Indiana’s schools and municipalities with unparalleled levels of service and stability via extending IU’s proven systems that already support eight campuses," said Rob Lowden, IU associate vice president for enterprise systems. "IPC allows any participating institution, big or small, to maximize its resources, while always taking great care to meet the specific needs of its constituents."

Private cloud clients will benefit from:

  • IU’s award-winning Intelligent Infrastructure (remote access to high-performance and high-availability hardware and security devices)
  • Around-the-clock support by the Global Network Operations Center
  • Industry-leading vendor partnerships with Dell and Hitachi Data Systems using VMware Virtualization technologies.

Indiana’s Private Cloud is equipped with fully redundant data centers in Bloomington and Indianapolis, meaning both locations have the ability to continue functioning in the event of a power outage or other interruptions, protecting the data of customers.

The private cloud has no tiers or hierarchies, so all members receive the same benefits, including scalable support for enterprise and a wide array of customizable choices.

Clients also have the advantage of such services as enhancements for unplanned incidents that threaten IT infrastructure. For higher education and government clients, Indiana’s Private Cloud also offers the option of connecting through I-Light, Indiana’s high-performance, optical-fiber network administered by IU and connected to Internet2, the high-speed research incarnation of the internet.

"Ball State University values our longstanding partnership with Indiana University, and our commitment to shared infrastructure is another example of leveraging that partnership to provide exceptionally reliable technology infrastructure," said Philip Repp, Ball State University’s vice president of information technology and CIO. "We look forward to building upon our cooperative investment in Indiana’s Private Cloud, which continues to provide world-class services to our students, faculty, and our entire university community."

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