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.
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.
Greening the data center-- and cashing in on the resulting energy savings-- is an achievable goal. Here, two different approaches.
VMware has announced the general availability of the vSphere 4 family of virtualization products.
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.
Is your data center ripe for virtualization? New assessment services from CDW Government (CDW-G) have been launched to help answer just that question.
Radiant Logic has segmented its flagship RadiantOne Virtual Directory Server (VDS) into two separate products: Virtual Directory Server (VDS) Proxy Edition 5.1 and VDS Context Edition 5.1. It has also released Identity and Correlation Server (ICS) 5.2. RadiantOne products all share a data modeling and virtualization engine.
Sun Microsystems has released VirtualBox 2.2, an update to the company's free and open source desktop virtualization solution. The new release includes a number of performance and feature enhancements, as well as support for the Open Virtualization Format (OVF) specification.
Sun has released Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Software 3, a major update to the company's virtualization management suite. The new version includes expanded VMware support, Open Storage integration, and Active Directory support, among other enhancements.
Microsoft released a cumulative update to its application virtualization solution, which now supports the Windows 7 Beta, according to an announcement issued by the company Thursday.
Once viewed as inferior alternatives to four-year institutions, two-year colleges are now enjoying a spike in popularity--and are investing in technology to meet the growing demand.