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.


Microsoft Unveils Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

Microsoft released the latest version of its free standalone server virtualization solution Friday.

VMworld Preview: VMware's 'Internal Cloud,' New Products, More

The fifth-annual VMworld user conference gets under way this week in San Francisco with a flurry of product announcements; a schedule packed with keynotes, sessions, labs, and product demos; and a bit of controversy.



VMware Reaches for the Clouds with Deal to Acquire SpringSource

In a move intended at furthering its push into the burgeoning market of private cloud-based infrastructures, virtualization market leader VMware will acquire SpringSource, the chief commercial sponsor of the open-source Spring Framework project. The deal, already agreed upon by shareholders of closely-held SpringSource, is valued at approximately $362 million in cash and equity.

Oxford Sets Up On Demand Computing and Storage with VMware and DataCore

Oxford University Computing Services (OUCS) is implementing DataCore Software's SANmelody as the storage platform behind a new on-demand computing initiative.

Sustainability in the Data Center Part II

Two weeks ago we began a conversation with Notre Dame's Gordon Wishon about sustainability in the data center, opening with a description of Notre Dame's virtualization strategy. Here, Wishon talks about further sustainability initiatives, with particular focus on environmental issues.

Sustainability in the Data Center, Part I

The first of two conversations with Notre Dame CIO Gordon Wishon about sustainability in the data center. Here, Wishon focuses on virtualization. In two weeks, we'll complete the circle with a discussion of environmental initiatives.

Utah Valley U Installs Vucci Virtual Lab

Utah Valley University has received a $100,000 donation of equipment and services from Vucci Technology Solutions to outfit the athletic department computer lab with virtual desktops and managed services. The new lab, named the Vucci Computer Lab, is open year-round to all student athletes and their tutors. The virtualization installation is expected to cut power usage by as much as 97 percent.

The Green Data Center

Greening the data center-- and cashing in on the resulting energy savings-- is an achievable goal. Here, two different approaches.

VMware vSphere 4 Now Available

VMware has announced the general availability of the vSphere 4 family of virtualization products.

Reflex Addresses Dynamic Policy Enforcement in Virtualized Environments

Reflex Systems has launched vTrust, a new function in its Virtualization Management Center (VMC), to bolster policy management in virtual environments. vTrust taps VMware's vNetwork and VMsafe application programming interfaces (APIs) to bolster security in the newly launched vSphere 4, VMware's new cloud operating environment.