White Papers

Higher education white papers and case studies from our sponsors. Click a title to read more or download.


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New Approach to Classroom Polling Engages Students, Instructors

At the University of South Carolina in Columbia, new classroom polling software is engaging students, raising exam grades, and saving instructor time. Download this exclusive Digital Dialogue to learn how Leslie Hendrix, an instructor in the statistics department, is using REEF Polling from i>clicker to positively impact her classroom.


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Florida Polytechnic University: Startup School

For its grand opening in the fall of 2014, Florida Poly partnered with MakerBot, a global leader in desktop 3D printing, and acquired a MakerBot Innovation Center with more than 50 MakerBot Replicator® 3D Printers. The university placed this makerspace at the center of its main instructional building, across the hall from an IBM supercomputer. “This is the time to be out in front, investing in technologies that are sustainable trends,” says Tom Hull, Florida Poly’s vice president and chief information officer. See how Florida Poly reached the forefront of 3D Printing in this case study.


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Debunking the Top 10 Cloud-Hosted Desktop Myths

This paper exposes—and debunks—the top 10 DaaS myths, which range from supposed cost, user experience and security issues, to ease of use, licensing and integration limitations. It shows how, by consuming virtual desktops as a cloud-hosted service, businesses can deliver high-performing desktops to users on any device in minutes, easing IT management burdens and reducing the total cost of desktop ownership.


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Making the Move from Citrix to VMware Horizon Air

The emergence of desktops as a service (DaaS), a cost-effective, easy-to-deploy and manage virtual desktop solution, takes full advantage of today’s modern, robust cloud-based infrastructure to provide the viable long-term alternative to desktop virtualization solutions from Citrix that can take an organization’s productivity to the next level. This paper will examine advantages of VMware Horizon® Air™ Desktops and Apps over the virtual desktop solution from Citrix, illustrating why VMware is not only the logical alternative, but also the superior long term choice.




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Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS): A Perfect Fit for Higher Education

Desktop virtualization has stepped in to radically simplify IT, moving the heavy lifting of end-user computing and desktop support to the datacenter. Desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) takes virtualization a step further, moving the virtual desktop infrastructure and services to the cloud. Download this exclusive Industry Perspective to learn how higher education is using Desktop Virtualization to address today's biggest end-user computing challenges.


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Top 5 Reasons to Deploy Desktops as a Service

IT organizations have been dealing with the harsh economic reality of tighter IT budgets and financial executives’ commitment to lower capital expenses for end-user computing infrastructure. As a result, many organizations turned to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) as a way to deliver enhanced desktop functionality without making big investments in money, time, deployment and support. Download this white paper to learn why more and more organizations are quickly coming to realize the many benefits of moving away from physical desktops in favor of desktops as a service.


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5 New Ways to Look at Clickers in the Classroom

With the rapid uptick in both wireless technology and mobile devices in the hands of students, the capabilities of classroom response systems, or clickers, have suddenly expanded. Download this exclusive GameChanger to learn how educators are using clicker technology to revolutionize the classroom.


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District Builds Fast, Low-Cost Network with Optical Networking

As schools and campuses look to revamp their legacy switch networks, new technologies such as passive optical networking mean that copper networks are simply no longer efficient or cost-effective models. Download this informative Digital Dialogue to learn how low-cost solutions requiring less space and materials, using passive optical networking to provide a single fiber-based network for all services are the wave of the future.