The Herald-Times

IU, Ivy Tech reach merged IT agreement

Mike Leonard
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April 27, 2011

An agreement between Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College will allow Ivy Tech to move a major portion of its information technology equipment to IU’s data center in Indianapolis and potentially save the state’s community college system millions of dollars.

While the physical location of the equipment is in Indianapolis, all of Ivy Tech’s IT systems are merged, so the Bloomington campus will benefit from the agreement as well, said Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart.

The agreement was signed during a ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday and is being hailed by leaders at both schools as an outstanding example of collaboration among higher education institutions in Indiana that will maximize efficiency by sharing facilities and capabilities.

IU opened its IUPUI data center as part of the Informatics and Communications Technology Complex in 2004 and the Bloomington data center in 2009. The university uses the two data centers to maximize resources and support a best practice for disaster recovery. The creation of the Bloomington data center, combined with IU’s multi-year effort to create efficiencies through consolidation of its own IT infrastructure, provided an opportunity for Ivy Tech to use a portion of the IUPUI data center to house its critical applications.

“We at Indiana University see this as an opportunity to again be responsive to the broader educational needs of the entire Indiana community,” IU President Michael A. McRobbie said in a statement provided by the university. “Students at both institutions — as well as all Indiana taxpayers will benefit from this partnership.”

Ivy Tech was looking at a potential $18 million in costs to build a new data center before entering into negotiations with IU. “Ivy Tech’s data center was too old and too small to expand to meet the growing needs of the college, and did not meet standards in several building codes,” said Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder. “With this agreement Ivy Tech can utilize a modern facility for critical equipment and not attempt to retrofit an old facility to meet the IT demands of the 21st century, saving taxpayers and students of Indiana millions of dollars.”

Copyright: 2011