Gilbert, AZ – March 4, 2014— 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.
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. For more information, visit: www.illinicloud.org.