IT Trends
An Electronic Newsletter for IT Professionals in Higher Ed


  • How Solid Is Your Clouded Data?

    As more institutions of higher education turn to software-as-a-service (Saas) or cloud computing options as alternatives to traditional purchase-and-install software, a growing number of challenges are cropping up.


IT News

  • Smart Phone Adoption Growing Faster Than Expected

    In the wake of a recent downgrade to its worldwide PC forecast, market research firm International Data Corp. (IDC) this week significantly upgraded its forecast for converged mobile devices, also known as smart phones. The company also forecast dramatically increased market share for Android and Windows Mobile at the expense of both Symbian and Apple's iOS.

  • Citrix, Cisco Partner for Desktop Virtualization Kit

    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.

  • Forecasts Suggest Slower PC Growth Ahead

    In the latest indicator that the slowing economy is putting a dent in PC growth, market researcher IDC has lowered its sales forecast for the year, despite a robust first half.

  • Microsoft Releases P2V Desktop Virtualization Beta

    Microsoft last week described a different way to use desktop virtualization to maintain legacy applications and still move users to Windows 7.

  • New Community Founded To Help Schools Exploit Open Source

    Jasig, a consortium that sponsors open source projects for higher education, has started a new community of practice explicitly focused on helping institutions understand how to exploit open source software.

  • Penn State Tackles Emergency Response Planning System-Wide

    In a multi-phase project that started in January 2010, Pennsylvania State University has done an analysis of the emergency preparedness and response capabilities of 21 campuses in its system. This initiative is a follow-up to a university-wide assessment done in 2009.