California State University (CSU) has standardized its financial, human resources, student administration, and alumni development systems across all 23 of its campuses and the Office of the Chancellor.
Despite the substantial growth of mobile handheld and tablet devices, traditional PC desktop and laptop systems aren't going away anytime soon. Just the opposite, according to a report released this week: Annual PC shipments could grow by nearly 50 percent worldwide between now and 2016.
Georgia Southern University is tapping a traffic shaping appliance to help optimize bandwidth use on its wired network. The result so far, according to the university, has been a 22 percent decrease in bandwidth consumption on its campus and residential networks.
Traditional vendor-higher education relationships were built on the premise of giving out money in exchange for goods. Today's competitive funding environment requires a more creative approach and finds more colleges turning to IT manufacturers for funding, support, and resources. In this series we'll look at how three different schools have successfully funded IT infrastructure changes with the help of their vendors, explain how the process worked, and show the benefits they've reaped as a result.
Worldwide PC shipments will increase by only 4.4 percent to a total of 368 million units in 2012, according to a new forecast released by market research firm Gartner. But greater growth should be seen in the PC market in 2013 with shipments exceeding 400 million units in that year.
Unicon is launching Rapid Start uMobile, a package of services designed to help educational institutions implement a uMobile environment to provide students, faculty, and staff with mobile access to applications, resources, and other data.
San Diego State University Library has implemented storage hypervisor software to improve the performance and capacity of its virtual machine storage and enable automated bulk provisioning.
Adoption of enterprise videoconferencing and telepresence is accelerating. The market grew by 20.5 percent to reach $2.7 billion in 2011, compared to 16.6 percent growth in 2010. The largest increase occurred in the single-codec telepresence segment, which now accounts for 55 percent of the total enterprise videoconferencing and telepresence market.
Since the economic meltdown began, continued financial challenges have impacted how most higher education CIOs deal with IT funding. Maintaining IT services has become a struggle as revenues dry up, while costs are ever on the rise. Expanding these IT services with such limited resources and uncertain long-term budget growth is on everyone's mind among higher ed CIOs and has changed how many institutions approach reducing their IT costs.
Though hampered by hard disk drive (HDD) supply problems and increasing use of server virtualization, sales of servers saw high single-digit growth last year, driven in part by the expansion of data centers to support Web access from smart phones and tablets.