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Lithuanian University Sets up Cloud Virtualization Lab for Students

An institution in Lithuania has implemented a new virtualization lab that lets students understand cloud resources by provisioning their own. Vilnius University chose Abiquo from a company of the same name, to outfit the new lab, which is part of the school's Digital Science and Computing Center, built by the department of Mathematics and Informatics. Vilnius U, founded in the 16th century, has about 23,000 students.

The lab set-up is intended to allow students to provision virtual resources across multiple technologies without pulling in university IT staff to help.

"As well as managing the laboratory environment, Abiquo gives our students practical knowledge in the use of advanced cloud technology, broadening their outlook on the latest developments in the IT market, and allowing them to gain a competitive advantage in the labor market both in Lithuania and abroad," said Algimantas Juozapavičius, founder of the Digital Science and Computing Center. The professor, whose research area is computing infrastructure, said the lab chose Abiquo, in particular, because it allows the user to manage virtualization platforms from multiple vendors simultaneously through a single console.

Abiquo's software can be used to build and manage private, public, and hybrid clouds running hypervisors from VMware, Microsoft, Citrix Systems, Oracle VirtualBox, Xen, and KVM.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.

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