Spotlight on Green Schools

Schools are focusing more and more heavily on cutting back on the energy they use and trying to reduce their impact on the environment. The articles on these pages spotlight individual campus energy conservation programs, energy initiatives, solar installations, energy-related technology, HVAC, research, grants, policy, and other topics related to green campuses.


Ubuntu ARMed for Mobile Expansion

Netbooks and mobile computers will soon be able to run the Ubuntu operating system with additional energy efficiency. The breakthrough comes from porting Ubuntu to the ARMv7 processor architecture, which Canonical last week announced it planned to do.

Caltech Completes Parking Structure Solar Array

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) recently became the latest of several higher education institutions to deploy a solar array in a campus parking structure. The newly completed system is expected to produce about 320,000 kilowatt hours in its first year of operation with the aim of improving sustainability in research projects, according to Caltech.

Parallels Desktop 4.0 Gets Performance Boost, DirectX 9.0 Support

Parallels has released Parallels Desktop 4.0, an update to the company's desktop virtualization solution for Mac OS X. The new version adds more than 50 new features, including support for DirectX 9.0 and significant performance improvements.

Washington U Healthcare Researchers Turn to Virtual Storage

The Center for Clinical Imaging Research (CCIR) within Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University's School of Medicine in St. Louis is using BlueArc's Titan to provide back-end storage for a VMware virtual server environment serving the Center's bioimaging research. CCIR is using Titan as the backend for 60-plus VMware ESX virtual machines.

Microsoft Releases Virtual Machine Manager

Microsoft this week released the second major component of its virtualization strategy, making System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (VMM 2008) as a download.



Virtualization Momentum Strong but Slowing, Report Says

An IDC study released Thursday depicted a slowing worldwide market for virtualized servers. However, Microsoft and interoperability may heat things up again in 2009.

They Say They Want A Revolution

As sustainability efforts ramp up on campuses, educators share eco-friendly dorm practices-- the ideal way to educate students about environmental issues.

IBM Releases Virtual Storage Optimizer

IBM has unveiled a new storage solution designed to help organizations take advantage of cloud computing technology in order to significantly reduce their virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) storage needs.

VMware Launches vClient, Aims To Create Desktops That Follow Users Anywhere

In an announcement at VMworld last week, VMware unveiled plans to deliver a portfolio of solutions intended to turn virtualized desktops into "universal clients." The initiative, dubbed vClient, begins with a series of products called VMware View.

HP Debuts Hardware, Software To Support VMware Environments

At this year's VMworld, HP announced a series of new offerings designed to help organizations simplify the implementation and management of VMware-based virtual environments.

U Michigan, DTE Team Up To Launch $100,000 Clean Energy Prize

A new competition is challenging teams from Michigan colleges and universities to develop the best business plans for bringing new clean energy technologies to market. Organized by DTE Energy and the University of Michigan, the Clean Energy Prize challenge will award $100,000 in prize money during spring 2009 in an effort to help draw emerging technologies out of university labs in Michigan and into the commercial space.

Niigata U and Oki Collaborate in Developing Biodegradable Toner

Niigata University in Niigata, Japan and Oki Printing Solutions announced an agreement to jointly develop and manufacture environmentally conscious toner that uses biodegradable complex fine particles, originated from biomass resources. A toner prototype will be ready by 2009 and Oki Printing Solutions plans to market the product by 2010 globally.

VMware Launches GoVirtual.org in Response to 'Massive Growth' in Academic Membership

After announcing a four-fold increase in its VMware Academic Program over the last 12 months, virtualization giant Vmware unveiled a new Web site dedicated to virtualization researchers and academics. GoVirtual.org is an online resource intended to help support the growing interest in virtualization among the global academic community.

VMware Fusion 2 Expands Hardware Support, Improves Networking

VMware has released VMware Fusion 2.0, a major update to the desktop virtualization solution for Mac OS X that has been in public beta since back in July. The new version, a free upgrade for users of VMware Fusion 1.x, focuses on expanded support for Mac hardware configurations, including additional graphics capabilities, as well as networking, security, storage, and application sharing improvements.

Intel Rolls Out 65W, 6-core Xeon 7400 Processors

Intel this week began rolling out its new line of Xeon processors targeted toward server markets. The new Xeon 7400 series features four- and six-core configurations designed to be used in systems with at least four processors and is targeted largely toward data centers and, in particular, virtualization applications.