Web Hosting Solutions Guide

As part of the IT Power Plant Web Hosting effort, the Web Hosting Implementation Team has created a guide to help customers understand the differences between the various Web Hosting solutions on campus. This is a great resource to compare solutions ranging from the Illinois Wiki to Amazon Web Services. As more web hosting solutions are made available to campus, the guide will be updated to help customers make the right choice for their web hosting needs.

Visit the Technology Services KnowledgeBase to view the “Comparing current web hosting solutions available on campus” article.

Solution Documents Available

Solution Development Teams for all of the IT Power Plant initiatives have created Solution Documents and Executive Summaries to help explain what the IT Power Plant solutions may look like.

These potential solutions are being reviewed by IT leaders from across campus. You can view them as well by visiting each initiative’s page (found under the Initiatives menu above).

 

New Team Members

The IT Power Plant Steering Team has chosen Michael Chan and Jason Strutz to fill the two campus level seats on the Coordination Team. Michael brings a great strategic view as well as representation of a large college. Jason brings a new perspective and has considerable experience with creating shared services. In addition, we realized that there was a need to have a seat on the team for AITS as it’s possible that they could end up being the service provider for some Power Plant services in the future. This seat will be occupied by Chris Barton.

Concierge Framework Discussion Forum on October 9

Concierge

The IT Power Plant Concierge Framework Discussion Forum will be held this Friday (10/9) from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Digital Computing Lab (DCL) Room L410.

All IT Professionals on the Urbana campus are invited to attend. We will present a brief summary of the Concierge Framework and then have moderated discussion about opportunities and challenges. You can read more about the Concierge Framework on its initiatives page.

Please RSVP to the Outlook invite sent to the CCSP mailing list if you plan to attend. Capacity in L410 is limited, so we’d like to have an accurate count to determine if we need to change locations.

IT Power Plant at IT Pro Forum

iHotel conference center at night.

There will be two opportunities at the Fall 2015 IT Pro Forum for IT Professionals to learn more about the IT Power Plant initiative. A panel discussion will provide updates about the IT Power Plant, and a separate session later in the morning will present the Concierge Framework for IT Professionals.

The IT Pro Forum will be held on Thursday, November 12 at the iHotel and Conference Center. Registration is now open for IT professionals. Registration will run until Friday, October 23.

 

Sept 22 Town Hall to be live-streamed

A sign advertising the IT Power Plant Town Hall

Faculty, students, and staff are invited to discuss the future of campus IT by attending the IT Power Plant Town Hall on Tuesday, September 22 in the Illini Union. The event will also be live-streamed from the IT Power Plant website (itpowerplant.illinois.edu) for anyone who is unable to attend in-person. A recording of the Town Hall will also be made available after the event.

The IT Power Plant is a collaborative partnership bringing together over 100 representatives from 24 colleges and units. The goal of the IT Power Plant is to improve the quality, availability, and cost of IT services across campus by working together as one campus. IT services such as printing, storage, web hosting, help desk support, virtualization, and endpoint services will all be positively transformed through the IT Power Plant.

Town Hall attendees will hear presentations and updates about these specific service initiatives and then will have a chance to ask questions and provide their feedback. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend.

More information about the IT Power Plant can be found at itpowerplant.illinois.edu

IT Power Plant Town Hall

Tuesday, September 22
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Illini Union, Illini Room C

Live-stream available at itpowerplant.illinois.edu

Fall IT Power Plant Town Hall

The Illini Union

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend an IT Power Plant Town Hall to learn about the future of IT on campus. The event will take place on Tuesday, September 22, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Illini Room C of the Illini Union. 

Representatives from the IT Power Plant planning teams will share information and answer questions about a variety of future campus-wide services including printing, help desk support, web hosting, storage and backups, endpoint services, and virtualization.

August 28 update: Solution Development Teams and Ask Us Anything questions

The sculpture in the ECE building

The IT Power Plant Coordination Team have started forming the solution development teams. Charge letters have been sent out and once we get all the confirmations back we will post who is on each team. To get the ball rolling we will host a team lead meeting. After that meeting, groups will start their efforts to provide recommendations. Each of these initiatives will move at a different pace, so we expect the next six plus weeks to be a time for them to gather information and have conversations about what use cases can be addressed with the various recommended solutions. Each team has a folder on the IT Power Plant SharePoint site to collect and share all documents as they become available.

We have also posted some of the answers to the focus discussion questions we received. You can find the full set of these questions on the IT Power Plant SharePoint site in the focus discussion folder in each initiative folder. We have also taken a few of the more general questions and published them on the Ask Us Anything page. Remember, if you would like to provide feedback and questions you can click on the “ask us anything” button on the Ask Us Anything page. We really appreciate your continued engagement in this process.

IT Power Plant Caffeine Break

A cup of coffee beans

The July 31 Caffeine Break for IT Professionals will be focused on the IT Power Plant initiative. This will be another chance for IT professionals to learn more about the IT Power Plant initiative and provide their feedback. The Caffeine Break will take place on Friday, July 31, from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. The location will be announced soon.

The IT Power Plant initiative is presently focused on six service initiatives for campus: Endpoint services, Help Desk services, Printing, Storage and Backups, Virtualization, and Web Hosting. Teams made up of representatives from around campus have already begun initial planning work.

Representatives from the IT Power Plant planning teams will be at the Caffeine Break to present and answer questions.

IT Power Plant Town Hall Meeting: July 28

All IT professionals at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are invited to attend a town hall meeting to learn more about the IT Power Plant, as well as provide feedback about the initiative. The IT Power Plant Town Hall will take place from 11:00 a.m. to noon, on Tuesday, July 28 in GSLIS 126.

The IT Power Plant initiative is presently focused on six service initiatives for campus: Endpoint services, Help Desk services, Printing, Storage and Backups, Virtualization, and Web Hosting. Teams made up of representatives from around campus have already begun initial planning work.

At the IT Power Plant Town Hall, planning team members from each of the six service initiatives will present on the goals of their initiatives and next steps.