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.
Oracle has released new versions of its desktop virtualization products, Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) 3.4, Sun Ray Software 5.3, and Oracle Virtual Desktop Client 3.1.
Citrix is upgrading a remote support application to work on more mobile devices and will be adding a feature to its virtualized desktop application to give users remote access to their devices from any other device.
If there were any confusion about where Citrix Systems believes its future lies, it has tried to put confusion to rest with announcement of Project Avalon, an ambitious program to sew together its desktop and application virtualization technologies and infrastructure services and allow them to be managed from a common cloud-based layer.
Massachusetts Maritime Academy is going into wide rollout on a VDI deployment first piloted by the institution last year.
Cloud and managed services provider Netelligent has partnered with desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) provider Desktone to offer cloud-hosted virtual desktops as a service.
Boston University Medical Campus (BUMC) has virtualized its backup and recovery systems so personnel can now manage backups of its heterogeneous IT infrastructure through a unified interface.
ViewSonic has expanded its MultiClient line of desktop virtualization products to include two new zero client plug-and-play adapters, the VMA15 and VMA25, and it has added support for Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 and Userful MultiSeat Linux 2011.
Barracuda Networks has released version 4.2 of its Barracuda Backup Service, which now includes VMware host support.
When funding levels are reduced, IT leadership struggles to find ways to continue delivering expected levels of service and support. Joe Traino, CTO at Coconino Community College in Arizona, says that while the current economic environment seems daunting, creative strategies and partnerships will help IT departments run the institution's technology infrastructure more efficiently without reducing services--and may even present opportunities for new resources and services.
Energy-efficient power systems, server consolidation, and expanded use of virtualization are helping to drive down costs in higher education data centers, according to a new report released Monday.