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.
According to new research, energy efficiency is more important to college and university IT managers than ever. About three-quarters of all campuses have a program in place or in development to reduce energy consumption in IT, and most of those have already begun seeing cost savings from their efforts. But barriers to more widespread energy efficiency initiatives remain.
What do you do with an aging IT infrastructure that's preventing your school from accomplishing its technology goals? If you're American International College's CIO, you tear down the whole thing and start from scratch.
The University of York has begun implementing virtual desktops for its staff and students.
Microsoft recently announced a partnership with Cloud.com to help integrate its commercial hypervisor into the open source OpenStack project.
Release candidate versions of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 have been released and can now be downloaded.
Virtualization has allowed Miami Dade College to eke more out of its existing equipment, save on some kinds of expenses, and in some cases improve service. The cons? As CIO Karl Herleman explained in this interview, juggling the sprawling virtualized mass of server and desktop software can be a real chore. And for cost savings, virtualization hasn't always been the winner.
A company that has developed technology for desktop virtualization has released a new version of its product with expanded hypervisor support. Pano Logic's Pano System 3.5 adds support for Microsoft Hyper-V along with VMware.
As part of their virtualized infrastructure strategy, network security and IT virtualization teams at Bryant University have implemented a Network Access Control (NAC) virtualization deployment with VMware.
Citrix Systems has gone into business with Cisco to deliver a packaged setup that promises to help organizations deploy virtualized computing environments more easily. The solution, which combines Cisco's Unified Computing System with Citrix XenDesktop, will, the companies claimed, reduce the cost per desktop by 20 percent by lowering data center infrastructure expense through high user density per server and tight integration of hardware and software.
Microsoft last week described a different way to use desktop virtualization to maintain legacy applications and still move users to Windows 7.