Today, the IlliniCloud is providing schools with state-of-the-art IT resources that they couldn't otherwise afford. Unlike public clouds, the data stored in the IlliniCloud will stay within the state, in order to give districts complete control of their data.
So far, about 150 school districts have joined the initiative; within three years, the IlliniCloud plans to have 400 members. Participating members are seeing between a 30% to 60% reduction in their costs. Early adopters are using the cloud to back up their data or host critical applications, such as student information systems.
"This is a great resource for all of us in education," says Mike Swanson, Technology Manager at a Kildeer, Illinois school district. "These are tough economic times, and this is an opportunity for us all to make a change."