Notre Dame honored for innovative and effective use of cloud-based technology solutions

Author: Erin Blasko

Educause Awards

The University of Notre Dame was honored Nov. 2 during the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Philadelphia for its innovative and effective use of cloud-based technology solutions.


Two dozen colleges and universities from across the U.S. received awards in specific areas, with Notre Dame’s Office of Information Technologies sharing the top overall award — the Cloud Leadership Award — for leadership in cloud-based information technology services across all of higher education.


In addition to the top overall award, the University was recognized for its use of the cloud for backup and disaster recovery.


E&I Cooperative Services, a member-owned, nonprofit purchasing cooperative serving the needs of education, presented the awards. They were sponsored by Adobe, Cisco, Microsoft Azure and CDW-G.


Notre Dame has had production IT services running in the cloud since 2013.


Since then, it has migrated more than 80 percent of services into the cloud as part of a strategy that allows for flexible, scalable and reliable modern IT services that meet the University’s growing needs.


In addition, OIT co-authored a cloud solutions strategy with colleagues across the country that is now referenced by peer institutions to plan their own use of the cloud.


“Notre Dame has worked diligently over the past four years to apply cloud-based solutions to modern IT service challenges, helping us to become increasingly agile, responsive and flexible in serving our students, faculty and staff,” said Ron Kraemer, vice president and chief information officer for the University.


“To see Notre Dame’s efforts recognized by fellow IT leaders and professionals in higher education is humbling and gratifying,” Kraemer said, “and speaks to the incredible talent and hard work of our IT staff.”


Formed in 1988 through the merger of CAUSE and Educom, EDUCAUSE is an association of IT leaders and professionals that seeks to advance higher education through information technology.


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