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.
Keiser University, a private institution in Florida, has expanded its implementation of virtual desktops in its computer labs.
The University of Maryland's Department of Transportation Services has implemented a high-performance storage array to support its new virtual infrastructure.
The University of San Diego has implemented a cloud solution to migrate data to the United Kingdom, so it can provide students in its international studies abroad program in Madrid, Spain with reliable access to core academic and administrative information systems.
The University of San Diego has implemented a data deduplication appliance with backup software for virtual environments to significantly reduce its disk storage needs for backing up the school's virtual machine data.
Penn State has replaced its Java-based remote access system with a clientless solution to provide students and faculty with access to university software from anywhere, through virtually any device.
The University of Southern California has deployed an identity management suite and remote desktop service in an effort to extend access to its learning environment and tools while saving money.
Students in the University of Southern California's School of Engineering no longer need to crowd into busy computer labs to access the specialized software they need. The school has implemented remote access to both Windows and Mac software, so students can do their work from anywhere using their own laptops. And they can access both platforms with a single user account, so the school's IT team doesn't have to manage separate Windows and Mac user profiles for thousands of engineering students.
An academic department at the University of California Berkeley has shifted to a cloud solution in order to give students virtual access to statistical applications.
One of the country's largest engineering programs has implemented virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) so its students can access industry standard engineering software tools from any computer, anywhere they are connected to the Internet.
As the company behind the University of Phoenix and numerous other educational holdings around the globe, Apollo Education Group knows something about scale. CT asked CIO Mike Sajor about the institution's new learning platform, how it supports hundreds of thousands of students, and the choice to host it in a private cloud.