T.H.E. News Update :: November 5, 2008

News & Issues

Spam Attacks on the Rise in Q3

Identity thieves and hackers appear to be coming at Windows users from all fronts, most commonly with spam. They were particularly active during the third quarter of 2008, when they did it eight times more frequently than in the previous quarter, according to a report released Monday by Sophos.

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Santa Clara USD Launches Multi-year 802.11n Deployment

Santa Clara Unified School District in Northern California is launching a multi-year project to deploy high-speed 802.11n WiFi across 25 locations. The district will be using ZoneFlex Smart Wireless LAN systems from Ruckus Wireless for the deployment, according to information released recently by the district.

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Allegany County Deploys WiFi District-wide

Allegany County Public Schools in Maryland recently announced the deployment of Meru wireless LANs throughout the 22-school district, designed to support more than 10,000 students, faculty, and staff.

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Punahou School in Hawaii Turns to Virtualization for Data Center Energy Reduction

Punahou School, a private K-12 school in Hawaii, is launching a new effort to reduce its overall campus energy consumption by half within the next eight years. As part of the effort, the school is partnering with IBM to overhaul its data center with new servers and virtualization software from VMware.

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Follett Debuts Destiny 9.0

Follett Software has announced a new version of its Destiny Resource Management Solution, Destiny 9.0. The new version includes enhancements to three of the four main modules in the suite, with expanded customization options and several new features.

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Texas District Rolls Out Digital Video to 68 Schools

Garland Independent School District in Texas has awarded a three-year digital video contract to Safari Montage. Under the agreement, the company will outfit Garland's 68 school sites with a full suite of Safari Montage products.

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NetSupport School Expands Feature Set, Adds Vista and Windows Server 2008 Compatibility

NetSupport has recently announced the release of NetSupport School 10.01, adding a range of new features to the currently shipping version.

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Saba To Extend Collaboration Platform with Enterprise Social Networking System

Education technology developer Saba this week debuted a new solution it describes as an "enterprise social networking platform." The new system, Saba Social, is designed to extend Saba's collaboration platform and provide a vehicle for delivering and capturing informal, peer-to-peer learning and knowledge exchange.

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