Virtualization in Higher Education

Colleges and universities are adopting virtualization to improve data center efficiency, consolidate servers, save money, and reduce energy consumption. Here you'll find articles showcasing institutions that are moving to virtualized computing environments, along with news stories covering the latest technology developments.


Taking College IT Out of the Hardware Business

Babson College in Massachusetts has overhauled its back-end computing operations with a $1.7 million "datacenter in a box." The move is part of what CIO Sam Dunn characterized as a long-term vision to shift his college out of the hardware business and bring greater agility to his IT team to address the college's growth and corresponding resource management challenges.

VMware and Cisco Launching 'Extensible LAN for the Cloud'

VMware and Cisco are rolling out enhancements to their combined virtualization solutions, along with improvements to several desktop virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions. The companies have also debuted the new Virtual Extensible Local Area Network (VXLAN) architecture, which forms the basis of a scalable LAN for the cloud.



Parallels Desktop 7 Launches with Lion Integration, New Mobile App

Parallels has launched Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac with Mac OS X Lion integration and more than 90 new features and enhancements.

UT Knoxville Pilots Virtualized Desktops

In an effort to provide on-demand computing services to its campus community, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville is phasing in a program called Apps@UT, which will provide virtual desktops to students, faculty, and staff.

Wyse Unveils New Mobile Thin Clients

Wyse Technology has publicly debuted its new Wyse X class, a line of mobile "laptop" thin clients that support all desktop and application virtualization environments.

V-locity 3 Adds Full Integration with VMware ESXi and Improved Resource Optimization

Diskeeper Corporation has announced the latest version of its virtual platform disk optimizer for VMware, V-locity 3, which provides invisible background optimization on virtual servers to improve their input and output performance.

VMware vSphere Now Includes Integrated Open Fibre Channel over Ethernet

Intel Open Fibre Channel over Ethernet (Open FCoE), announced in January 2011, is now available on the VMware vSphere 5 enterprise virtualization platform for cloud infrastructures.

Red Hat Releases Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 Private Beta

Red Hat has released the beta version of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0, offering the ability to deploy the management server on Linux.

Middle Tennessee To Virtualize Thousands of Systems

Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN is launching a major desktop virtualization initiative that will provide virtual Windows desktops to its campus community. The move will allow MTSU's 27,000-plus students, staff, and faculty to access the university's computing resources on and off campus through their own computers and through smart phones and tablets, such as Apple's iPad.

Nutanix Complete Cluster Combines Server and Storage Infrastructure

Nutanix has released Nutanix Complete Cluster, a solution designed for virtualization that uses a distributed system software layer to combine servers and storage into a single tier and eliminates the need for network storage.