Unicon Selected by IlliniCloud for Illinois Statewide Portal Implementation

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K12 school districts in Illinois will be able to adopt federated applications and services with the K12 AppPortal.

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Unicon, Inc., a leading IT consulting, services, and support provider specializing in open source for the education technology market, today announced that it has been selected by IlliniCloud to develop and implement the K12 AppPortal, which enables K12 school districts in Illinois to adopt federated applications and services. The K12 AppPortal is part of a larger project to implement interfaces and implementation strategies supporting local systems and private/public cloud services, so school districts can meet the challenges of delivering personalized learning.

“The K12 AppPortal is a critical building block in establishing a federated identity management system for K12 school districts in Illinois,” said Jim Peterson, Chief Technology Officer, IlliniCloud. “The portal will serve as the central hub for applications and services, while providing a federated single sign-on experience.”

Unicon will develop the K12 AppPortal with Apereo’s uPortal, a free and open source enterprise portal built by higher education. The main function of the portal is to give each school district the ability to present personalized content through applications integrated with the portal. The portal will provide a foundation for school districts to present a variety of applications and services with a potential to provide a rich single sign-on user experience.

“Unicon is proud to be working with IlliniCloud on the K12 AppPortal, and is looking forward to the positive impact the portal will have on the way school districts in Illinois deliver content and services to their students and staff,” said John C. Blakley, Chief Executive Officer, Unicon, Inc.

About IlliniCloud
The IlliniCloud is an organization capable of providing state of the art computing resources to K-12 education. IlliniCloud provides massively scalable computing resources spread across multiple data centers; enterprise level storage solutions; next generation networking infrastructure; and stateless hardware design. The IlliniCloud strives to solve many problems related to K12 Technology including: creating a model of computing where districts do not rely on capital expenditures but operating expenditures; using economy of scale to provide state of the art computing storage and network resources to all districts regardless of size; and enabling districts with the ability to provide existing resources more efficiently, with little overhead and expense for expansion of additional resources. Learn more at http://www.illinicloud.org.

About Unicon
Unicon, Inc. is a leading provider of IT consulting, services, and support for education technology and works with institutions and organizations to find solutions to meet business challenges. Unicon specializes in using open source technologies to deliver flexible and cost-effective systems in the areas of identity and access management, student success, mobile computing, learning management systems, portals, online video, calendaring, email, and collaboration. Unicon is a Commercial Affiliate of the Apereo Foundation; an InCommon Affiliate and Participant; an Industry Member of Internet2; an Organization Member of the Drupal Association; a Solution Partner of Kaltura; a Services Partner of Liferay; and a reseller of Zimbra. For more information, visit: http://www.unicon.net.

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