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.
Citrix Systems has gone into business with Cisco to deliver a packaged setup that promises to help organizations deploy virtualized computing environments more easily. The solution, which combines Cisco's Unified Computing System with Citrix XenDesktop, will, the companies claimed, reduce the cost per desktop by 20 percent by lowering data center infrastructure expense through high user density per server and tight integration of hardware and software.
With colleges in the United States averaging about 97 physical labs and about 1,100 lab desktops, Dell has introduced a new product line that's designed to save institutional customers management time and hassle by taking labs virtual.
Virtualization is helping three universities keep campus technology up-to-date despite tightening budgets.
Students are moving away from their institutions in terms of their online “center.” They engage independently in learning conversations using applications of their own choosing, and they create their own digital identity--all without using campus-based technology.
In a move aimed at extending its Open Cloud infrastructure, Citrix Systems Inc. has agreed to acquire VMLogix Inc.
Microsoft provided more information about security for Windows Azure, publishing a talk and white paper.
The University of Florida in Gainesville has purchased software that will enable a major research center on its campus to aggregate hardware for creating a symmetric multiprocessing system.
IBM has launched what it described its most significant advance in data center infrastructure over the last two decades. The new zEnterprise is a mainframe noteworthy not just because of its increased processing capacity but because it is the first to provide integration with its Power7 blade infrastructure and x86-based blade racks.
Nimbus Data Systems this week unveiled a solid state flash system for enterprises that can support capacities reaching nearly 250 terabytes within a single file system.
Microsoft has launched the beta release of Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.