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.


ForeScout Virtualizes NAC Appliance

A company with a security appliance for network access control has just released a version that runs in virtual environments. ForeScout Technologies, which sells CounterACT in appliance form, is now making the same functionality available as a virtual appliance for VMware.

Fedora 15 Adds Cloud Deployment Builder, GNOME 3 Desktop, Robotics Suite

The Fedora Project has released an update to its flagship Linux-based operating system, Fedora 15.



Dell Launches Virtual Lab 2.0, Expands Desktop Virtualization Line

Dell has rolled out an enhanced Dell Virtual Lab 2.0 solution, as well as two new thin clients: the Dell OptiPlex FX130 and FX170.

Oracle Sun Ray Virtual Desktop Software Gets Improved Networking, Multimedia Playback

Oracle has released an update to its cross-platform virtual desktop software, Sun Ray Software 5.2.

UK School Taps Virtual Labs for Internet Courses

A research university in London's East End has adopted a new virtual lab system for delivering "hands-on" learning to graduate and undergraduate students studying Internet protocol- and infrastructure-related topics.

Taking the Shot: When to Go Green With Your Data Center

To score on a project as expensive and complex as a green data center, a CIO needs to understand the best time to seize the opportunity.

Computer Labs Report to the Holodeck

Virtualization can transport the benefits of even specialized computer labs to students anywhere, alleviating crowding and saving money.

5 CIO Tips for Green Data Center Success

Before you build your case for a green data center, consider this advice from higher ed IT leaders who have been there first.

Microsoft Shows Private Cloud Features of Upcoming System Center 2012

This week Microsoft is showing off its next version of System Center, a set of products for managing a Windows network. System Center 2012 will include a Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) when it's released later this year that will enable administrators to manage private and public cloud services.

British University Shifts to Fluid Data SAN

UK-based Sheffield Hallam University has implemented a new storage area network (SAN) using technology from a company recently acquired by Dell.