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VMware Launches in Response to 'Massive Growth' in Academic Membership

After announcing a four-fold increase in its VMware Academic Program over the last 12 months, virtualization giant Vmware unveiled a new Web site dedicated to virtualization researchers and academics. is an online resource intended to help support the growing interest in virtualization among the global academic community.

According to the announcement, made during the company's VMworld 2008 conference, is intended to provide the resources and tools necessary to help foster continued research and discussion on virtualization-related topics. Some of the features of the site include:

  • Courseware, including reading lists, slides, instructor notes, and assignments;
  • Scholarly papers on topics related to virtualization;
  • Downloads, including software tools and source code;
  • Comprehensive lists of virtualization conferences and events; and
  • Blogs, discussion boards, and other collaborative tools intended to foster communication among members of the community.

" is a much-needed resource given the rapid growth of the VMware Academic Program and the academic community's high interest in virtualization and VMware products," said Stephen Herrod, CTO, VMware, in a prepared statement. "I invite educators and students to use the site as a forum to exchange ideas, papers and courseware, to discuss new ways to use virtualization in the classroom and labs, and to brainstorm ground-breaking research ideas to make virtualization even more useful and impactful for datacenter and desktop management."

According to the company, the VMware Academic Program has grown to more than 1,350 university departments in 54 countries since its inception in 2006. Providing qualifying faculty and students source code access, as well as free software licenses for the classroom, labs, and research, the program is intended to showcase the use and benefits of virtualization through hands-on interaction and instruction.

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