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  • Rallying the Troops

    A new series of environmental challenges, led by Carbonrally, is pitting universities against one another in an ongoing online competition to see which can be the most "green."


IT News

  • Baltimore County CC Expands IT Outsourcing

    The Community College of Baltimore County in Maryland has extended a contract for an outside provider to manage its IT services. The initial agreement, signed in 2007, has been extended to December 2012. The outsourcing effort encompasses the positions of chief technology officer and director of the project management office, as well as project managers and subject matter specialists.

  • Shanghai University Overhauls Wireless Network To Support Mac Systems

    A Chinese university has upgraded its wireless networking to 802.11n across multiple campuses, moving to a system that will better support its Mac OS X systems and provide greater wireless coverage. For the deployment, the university used WiFi gear from Aruba Networks.

  • U Washington To Test Drive Microsoft Federated ID Cloud Services

    The University of Washington will be giving feedback to Microsoft on two identity federation options the company is planning to introduce as part of its cloud services. The initiative is intended to help institutions collaborate securely with external partners. The university will also be one of the first to roll out a federated identify solution with Microsoft on Live@edu.

  • High Performance Computing Virtualization Drives Coventry U Engineering Program

    UK-based Coventry University has implemented a virtualized environment in its automotive engineering program that has reduced management of its high-performance computing infrastructure.

  • Microsoft Updates Azure Provisioning Tool

    To help IT pros automate the provisioning and management of services deployed to the recently released Windows Azure cloud offering, Microsoft has released a new version of its Windows Azure Service Management (WASM) Cmdlets for PowerShell.

  • MIT Ramps Up WiFi in CSAIL Facility

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is moving to Meraki wireless gear in its Stata Center. The Cambridge, MA institution will deploy 80 Meraki MR14 access points in "Building 32," a simultaneously angular and curving 720,000-square foot structure that houses the university's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), along with the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, and the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy.

  • Web Security Report Reveals Major Vulnerabilities

    Botnets are an increasingly efficient way to deliver malware; cyber criminal attacks via social networks like Twitter are an omnipresent threat; spam is increasing in both volume and severity. These are just a few of the conclusions that appear in the latest report from Web security products provider M86 Security.

  • EducationDynamics Drills Down on Online Prospect Data for Student Assessment Service

    EducationDynamics has begun offering a new customized market assessment service for colleges and universities that helps them pinpoint new online student prospects.

  • Iron Mountain Acquires Mimosa

    Iron Mountain, best known for providing off-premises backup of enterprise data, said Monday it has acquired e-mail and SharePoint archiving solutions provider Mimosa Systems for $112 million.