Virtualization taking root on campus

He added: “We have been very happy with [the software]. It has worked very well for us, and our state has negotiated good pricing. Without having to purchase more hardware, [VMware] allows us to be more flexible and meet the needs of our faculty and staff.”

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Faculty particularly appreciated that VMware software allowed them to extend the life of older PCs, and avoid purchasing costly new PCs and individual software and applications for each.

“It gives us the ability to have new servers without even thinking about the hardware costs,” said Smith. “It allows my staff to think more creatively.”

Perhaps above all else, Smith and his IT team value the free time they have thanks to VMware. Smith said he looks forward to future VMware innovations that will keep his institution at the forefront of technology use.

As higher education becomes increasingly saturated in technology, it is imperative that colleges understand their options and stay ahead of the curve, said Tisa Murdock, group manager for End-User Computing Vertical Solutions at VMWare. And as college budgets are slashed nationwide, IT resources tend to suffer.

“There is an emphasis in the classroom to provide more challenge-based and active learning,” said Murdock. “Education paradigms are shifting to include online learning, hybrid learning, and collaborative models. By moving to a virtual desktop solution, you can offer students access to the latest applications and state-of-the-art training methods” in a more cost-effective manner.

Shrinking resources are forcing campus leaders to be creative with the way they allocate funding.