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.
The University of South Florida, with 47,000 students on four campuses, said it expects to collect $3.2 million in technology fees for the first semester in which the new annual assessment has been in place. For the year, the university said, it expects to bring in $6 million, which will be used to enhance institutional technology system-wide for students and faculty.
Liquidware Labs has updated its user profile management and configuration program. ProfileUnity Pro version 4.5 allows the administrator to synchronize user data, block by block, to a central database, where it can be accessed on demand from the user's existing or new desktop.
VMLogix has launched a new program for higher education to introduce colleges and universities to its line of virtual management applications. The VMLogix Education Program provides free subscriptions and support of VMLogix LabManager and VMLogix LabManager-Cloud Edition, allowing institutions to create on-premise infrastructure and tap into the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).
Where should innovation in learning technology take place? In the case of early, pioneering efforts in the use of technology for instruction, many teaching faculty stepped forward and took the lead. But now, given the proliferation of technology, should innovation be charged to the central IT organizations? Or, perhaps we should ask instead, should the pendulum swing even more toward faculty innovation?
Two institutions--the University of Arizona in Tucson and Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO--have gone public with their adoptions of client machine virtualization and thin client technology from Wyse Technology.
Microsoft and Red Hat have validated that their respective Windows and Linux operating systems will run on each other's virtualization platforms.
eIQnetworks has updated SecureVue, its security, log management, and compliance product, to address security in virtual and cloud computing environments.
Oxford University has gone public with its implementation of esXpress from PHD Virtual Technologies to provide backup and recovery for its VMware environment. The university's Network Systems Management Services (NSMS) group uses the software to protect a VMware virtualization environment that includes 14 ESX servers and a single-site ESX cluster with 10 blades.
Microsoft announced the beta release of System Center Essentials (SCE) 2010 last week.
IBM rolled out a free toolkit to help IT pros migrate their infrastructure to IBM products and use Microsoft's virtualization technology to consolidate servers.