IBM and North Carolina State University have teamed up to bring “cloud computing” to every student in the state—giving them free access to centralized computing power, data storage, sophisticated software, and other educational materials, the two parties say.

The new program, provided through N.C. State's Virtual Computing Lab, could revolutionize how local school systems, community colleges, and universities provide computer access to students, officials from IBM and the university said at an Oct. 25 event on IBM's campus at Research Triangle Park, N.C.

The program—called the Virtual Computing Initiative—would expand a concept that has been in use at N.C. State since 2004,...

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