June 23, 2008 VMware, Inc., a provider of virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter, announced that the top universities from the Times-QS World University Rankings have deployed VMware virtualization solutions to reduce capital and operating costs, increase application and system uptime, decrease power consumption and improve disaster preparedness.
Harvard, which is number one on the list of 100, and Cambridge, which is tied for the second spot, head the list of prestigious schools that have deployed VMware solutions. Other renowned universities from the Times-QS list that are VMware customers include Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Purdue, the University of Maryland, the University of Auckland, and the University of California campuses at Berkeley, Los Angeles and San Diego. These schools and hundreds more around the world are running mission-critical enterprise applications, database systems and education-specific solutions such as CollegeNET and the Blackboard Academic Suite in VMware virtualized environments.
In a particularly innovative use of VMware Infrastructure, Bowdoin College in Maine has partnered with Los Angeles-based Loyola Marymount University to build a co-located datacenter for cross-country disaster recovery. Together, the schools have achieved higher availability, better load balancing, and enhanced fault tolerance with more than 70 percent of their environment virtualized. They are saving $15,000 in annual server maintenance and have avoided $500,000 in hardware costs. They are running over 100 virtual machines.
Ohio State University has been a VMware customer since 2003 when the College of Humanities needed to upgrade its IT infrastructure and found there was not enough room to expand. After deploying the VMware platform, the College was able to meet its upgrade needs with 54 virtual machines running on three host servers. The College was able to avoid $160,000 in hardware costs and cut server provisioning from three weeks to five minutes, while enabling the IT staff to manage its virtual machines from a single console.
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