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Reduced funding, rising costs and new technology are driving change across academic institutions. From K-12, to private and public universities to community colleges, IT leaders in education are seeking ways to leverage technological advances to improve teaching and learning of student, faculty, and alumni populations while lowering costs and improving efficiencies.
The VMware® vision for cloud computing in education focuses on enabling academic institutions to realize the efficiencies and flexibility of cloud computing while preserving existing investments. With virtualization as the foundation, colleges and universities can build cloud architectures that are flexible enough to support a unified private and hybrid cloud model.
In academic institutions around the world, most applications and services are built on top of tightly coupled technology stacks that are challenging to update and costly to manage. The capital and operational costs of supporting these complex and brittle application silos—coupled with a growing need for on-demand services—have academic IT leaders looking for a more efficient, flexible and cost-effective model for computing. Cloud computing, with its improved service-delivery model, allows IT to operate much more efficiently and respond faster to the needs of students, faculty and alumni.
“We own and operate a 3,000+ core datacenter prototype, managed exclusively by the VMware cloud management software stack. VMware virtualization and cloud infrastructure provides us with an environment that is cost-effective, flexible, reliable and efficient,” says Dr. Ada Gavrilovska, Research Scientist at the Center for Experimental Research in Computer Systems (CERCS) at Georgia Tech. “In our virtualized datacenter, access to vSphere and vCloud APIs allow us to customize our monitoring and management processes and conduct research on a range of topics related to virtualized cloud management. Starting this Fall, this datacenter will be used more broadly by the Georgia Tech community, for research and instruction.” By leveraging virtualization as cloud’s foundation and deploying applications to a private, public, hybrid or community cloud, including those provided by consortiums, IT leaders can make their organizations more responsive. They can deliver IT as a Service, creating improvements at each critical layer of a modern IT architecture: infrastructure, applications and end-user computing.
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