Sun Microsystems this week rolled out version 2.0 of its xVM VirtualBox, a cross-platform, open source desktop virtualization suite that supports hosts ranging from Mac OS X and Windows to Solaris and 18 varieties of Linux. According to Sun, the software in all versions has surpassed 6.5 million downloads worldwide, averaging about 15,000 per day.
Utility storage provider 3PAR has announced the release of the 3PAR InServ T400 and T800 Storage Servers. The new hardware is built on the company's third-generation InSpire architecture, featuring the 3PAR Gen3 ASIC with integrated fat-to-thin processing.
DVcreators.net has released DV Kitchen, a new video encoding and publishing application for Mac OS X designed specifically for creating materials to be posted on the Web.
Adobe has made its ColdFusion 8 Web development platform free for educators and students. The offer is available for all public and private accredited K-12 schools and colleges and universities.
TurningPoint, which sells classroom response systems, has launched a Web-based service that works on AT&T-powered wireless smartphones, including the iPhone, BlackBerry, and laptops.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Xap announced recently it has received SIF 2 certification for its Xap Transcript eXchange 2.0 from the Schools Interoperability Framework Association (SIFA). The new status is effective as of now and makes the platform among the first of its kind to receive the certification, according to Xap.
Baldwin County Public Schools in Alabama is moving its textbook management to the Web. The switch is designed to address the triple-digit growth forecast for the district over the next 10 years and comes on the heels of a $270 million capital improvement project.
Loomis Chaffee, an independent secondary school in Connecticut, has adopted the education edition of Canto Cumulus to manage its digital assets, including images, documents, and rich media.
As we've reported previously, a number of education institutions and other types of organizations have moved toward virtualization to reduce overhead costs and address environmental concerns. Now one district in California, Dublin Unified School District, is taking it a step further by virtualizing student computers in an effort to move closer to 1:1 computing in the classroom.
Data certification software provider Certica Solutions is expanding its data certification services in Texas with the aim of helping the school districts manage data in accordance with state and federal education mandates.