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.
When Kentucky's Spalding University has moved to a virtualized voice environment on campus, it cost "next to nothing" to deploy and has since helped cut back on maintenance and equipment costs. IT Executive Director Ezra Krumhansl spoke with Campus Technology about how it all came together within a couple weeks.
Reducing servers in the data center through virtualization saved so much money for Loyola University Chicago that the move paid for itself almost before the project was complete. At another Chicago institution, Saint Xavier University, annual virtualization savings from energy cuts and less hardware is estimated at some $7,500 a year--including not just a smaller utility bill, but fewer software licenses and greater efficiency.
Oracle has introduced enhanced Sun Fire x86 clustered systems to bolster its line of enterprise-class blade and rackmount servers for highly virtualized and private cloud deployments.
Server virtualization doesn't have to be an all or nothing proposition. One college CIO explains how her school successfully implemented a virtualized server environment, saving money and cutting back on energy use, without sacrificing performance on systems that needed their own dedicated hardware.
Two entries in Microsoft's February security update, released last week, block Windows 7 users from connecting to VMware's View Connection Servers, according to a VMware security bulletin.
A Microsoft representative noted last week that Microsoft is planning two new options for IT organizations using Windows 7, but the catch is that Software Assurance (SA) licensing needs to be in place.
In a move key to bridging public and private clouds based on its virtual machines, VMware this week said it will release software that ties internal vSphere VMs to service providers' cloud platforms.
Microsoft Wednesday released Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to its equipment manufacturing partners.
A Catholic liberal arts college in Vermont is significantly reducing the number of its physical servers by going virtual. The effort is not only paying off in energy efficiency and cost savings, but it's also allowed the college to establish a second data center dedicated to disaster recovery.
A Los Angeles area college will outfit a new data center with a pre-packaged computing infrastructure. The 1,200-student Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, part of the Claremont University Consortium, will be implementing the VCE Vblock Infrastructure Platform from the Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) Coalition as part of a data center currently under construction and scheduled to come online in July 2011.