Red Hat: an enterprise open source solution, Red Hat helps Vanderbilt University, and many others, enable their IT infrastructure. For example, McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, uses Red Hat’s open software-defined storage solution to scale to petabytes, preserve existing IT infrastructure investment, and adapt for what the University says is seamless growth. “I showed Red Hat Storage Server to our operations people, who are ultimately the ones who will have to support it, and they were amazed at how intuitive and easy it was to use,” explained “Wayde Nie, lead architect for University Technology Services at McMaster University. “We have a heavily virtualized environment; and we wanted software-defined storage, network, and compute to work within that environment. If you export the raw storage that resides in the Red Hat Storage software-defined layer, then you get the flexibility to export it and replicate it however you require. That was absolutely key for us.” Red Hat Academy, a service of Red Hat, also provides institutions an open source education program that gives hands-on instruction, curriculum, and labs for those interested to become Linux proficient. “Red Hat Academy is, without a doubt, the most demanding and thorough Linux curriculum product on the market,” said Robert Guess, a computer science professor at Tidewater Community College.

Ubuntu: Created by the open-source community and Canonical, free-to-use Ubuntu is a Linux-based OSS platform that runs everywhere from the smartphone, tablet and PC to the server and the cloud. Oakland University, a state-supported college in Rochester, Mich., teaches some 18,000 students across its liberal arts, business administration, health sciences, engineering and computer science schools. Ubuntu helped the University to not only provide laptop-toting professors and students with the technology they needed in a uniform set-up to ease maintenance and support, but also preserve the computing muscle of its servers—and the applications they run—and trim the cost of acquiring and running them. “We replaced the proprietary Unix technology [and] pretty much eliminated every last bit of Sun-hardware and Solaris from the server room,” said Ken Simon, computer networking administrator for the University. “The ‘ordinary PC servers’ running Ubuntu cost a fraction of what the old hardware cost.”

Unicon: Unicon solutions are based on open-source and community source technologies that aim to increase productivity while keeping development costs low. Many of Unicon’s solutions are experiencing solid adoption and growth within the higher education community, it says, due to extensive experience in providing dependable, scalable solutions to higher education institutions, with domain expertise in education and open source. The company applies open source campus solutions for the enterprise in the areas of portals, student success and retention, learning management systems, identity and access management, online video, calendaring, email, and collaboration. Unicon can also build custom solutions. Hundreds of institutions use Unicon, including California Community Colleges, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, Duke University, Princeton University, Stanford University, and many more.

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