IBM Delivers Virtual Desktop Hosting to Pike County Schools
IBM and Pike County Schools have confirmed a five-year agreement that will provide the Kentucky school district with Virtual Infrastructure Access desktop hosting. The service will provide older PCs within the district Internet performance similar to newer machines.
According to Pike County Schools, the agreement is intended to level the playing field for classroom computers throughout the district, making machine age and processing power less of an issue. Using IBM storage, xSeries servers, and Vmware and Desktone software, the school will also be able to provide access to homebound students, as well as teachers working at home, after school hours.
"We think this is an answer to our replacement dilemma during this time of budget constraints," said Roger Wagner, superintendent for Pike County Schools, in a prepared statement. "Our district will be able to provide equitable access with our existing equipment. Now we don't have to forego our technology initiative for lack of adequate equipment."
According to IBM, the agreement--signed in June of 2008--will support more than 1,400 devices throughout the district's 25 schools.
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