At its Lotusphere 2011 event this week, IBM debuted a new cloud-based productivity suite called "LotusLive Symphony." The company also revealed some planned improvements to its lineup of social networking tools.
A Los Angeles area college will outfit a new data center with a pre-packaged computing infrastructure. The 1,200-student Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, part of the Claremont University Consortium, will be implementing the VCE Vblock Infrastructure Platform from the Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) Coalition as part of a data center currently under construction and scheduled to come online in July 2011.
A Utah-based company has fired a warning shot across the bow of learning management system (LMS) companies, including market leader Blackboard, with the announcement that it's turning its new LMS into open source. Instructure has publicly released the source code to its Canvas learning management system, which was launched in 2010.
Texas Wesleyan University's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning has shifted to a SaaS constituent relationship management (CRM) application to stay on top of faculty development work.
Google has introduced a new education-focused area in its Google Apps Marketplace, which provides Web applications that integrate with and extend Google Apps.
One year after announcing a $250 million, three-year pact to deliver next-generation data center technology, Hewlett-Packard Co. and Microsoft this week unveiled five appliances that offer Exchange and SQL Server in turnkey configurations.
Microsoft has shared additional details for its next generation of Live@edu. Named Office 365, the set of cloud-based applications adds additional collaboration and communication components and is scheduled to appear in the second half of 2011.
Microsoft's Live@edu software has gained 4 million new student users over the last three months around the world.
The State University of New York (SUNY) will be offering Microsoft's Live@edu to its 64 campuses.
Microsoft is providing cloud computing grants for three of Australia's research organizations. National ICT Australia, the Australian National University, and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation will receive three years of free access to Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud computing platform, as well as technical support and client tools under development.