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.
Freed-Hardeman University (FHU) has adopted a cloud-based service to provide virtual desktops to users. Among the uses: mobile computing labs, application access for student workers, and advancement staff armed with Apple iPads who can now access their department's unique applications while out and about meeting with potential donors.
Babson College in Massachusetts has overhauled its back-end computing operations with a $1.7 million "datacenter in a box." The move is part of what CIO Sam Dunn characterized as a long-term vision to shift his college out of the hardware business and bring greater agility to his IT team to address the college's growth and corresponding resource management challenges.
VMware and Cisco are rolling out enhancements to their combined virtualization solutions, along with improvements to several desktop virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions. The companies have also debuted the new Virtual Extensible Local Area Network (VXLAN) architecture, which forms the basis of a scalable LAN for the cloud.
Parallels has launched Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac with Mac OS X Lion integration and more than 90 new features and enhancements.
Wyse Technology has publicly debuted its new Wyse X class, a line of mobile "laptop" thin clients that support all desktop and application virtualization environments.
In an effort to provide on-demand computing services to its campus community, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville is phasing in a program called Apps@UT, which will provide virtual desktops to students, faculty, and staff.
Diskeeper Corporation has announced the latest version of its virtual platform disk optimizer for VMware, V-locity 3, which provides invisible background optimization on virtual servers to improve their input and output performance.
Intel Open Fibre Channel over Ethernet (Open FCoE), announced in January 2011, is now available on the VMware vSphere 5 enterprise virtualization platform for cloud infrastructures.
Red Hat has released the beta version of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0, offering the ability to deploy the management server on Linux.
Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN is launching a major desktop virtualization initiative that will provide virtual Windows desktops to its campus community. The move will allow MTSU's 27,000-plus students, staff, and faculty to access the university's computing resources on and off campus through their own computers and through smart phones and tablets, such as Apple's iPad.