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.
Cloud computing is touted as a "green" technology, but this claim fails to take into consideration the full environmental impact of the scalable resource. The energy savings a school can experience by reducing its hardware can be significant, but other environmental factors must also be addressed if the traditional green claims are declared valid.
Through Sept. 30, nonprofit educational institutions can receive a free six-month license for Electric Cloud’s ElectricCommander Workgroup Edition, a cloud solution that automates certain tasks to help developers and IT personnel speed up the creation of homegrown applications, like custom-built online learning or enrollment programs.
- By Stephen Noonoo
A number of reasonably priced cloud-based file storage sites exist, but not all are optimized for education or designed specifically for the classroom. While the services are free upfront, there may still be costs involved, even if they are not readily apparent.
- By Stephen Noonoo
Nimbula recently introduced Nimbula Director 1.5, its cloud operating system that can be used to build private, public, and hybrid cloud infrastructure.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Alvarado Independent School District in Texas has improved the performance and efficiency of the district’s data storage while implementing a virtualized server environment and virtual desktop infrastructure.
Red Hat has announced support for Java Enterprise Edition (EE) 6 on its OpenShift platform-as-a-service (PaaS).
A New Hampshire high school is migrating its administrative systems to the cloud, a move that so far has allowed it to do things that weren't previously possible for its resource-strapped IT department. Among other things, the migration has enabled Sanborn Regional HS to implement a new student information system and add new nutrition management and health records management systems.
- By Bridget McCrea
Barracuda Networks is expanding cloud storage for organizations that subscribe to its local and cloud-based disaster recovery solution, known as Barracuda Backup Service.
Adopting Microsoft's Live@edu has eliminated the cyberspace-ate-my-homework excuse for students at a Delaware school district, which recently conducted a yearlong test of the cloud computing service.