School District Virtualization
SALT LAKE CITY, January 13, 2011 – Administrators and School Boards are being hit from every side to use their budgets and resources wisely. IT expenditures for PC’s and Servers are often one of the largest targets when it comes time to tighten the budgets.
Therefore, investments in IT infrastructure must be effective for students and teachers, last longer, reliable, and easier to maintain. With those objectives in mind, Cloud Computing, Server Virtualization and Desktop Virtualization is on the roadmap for every school. To assist IT Teams in explaining the benefits of these solutions to administrators and school boards, I-O Corporation has created a simple-to-understand flash tutorial located at: http://www.iocorp.com/virtualization-videos.html.
“IT Directors and IT staff members all know the benefits that come from virtualizing their server and desktop infrastructure,” says Matt Brady, President of I-O Corporation. “This flash tutorial was created so the IT personnel could better explain these benefits and justify the technology investment to school administrators.”
For administrators and educators looking to maximize their budget, the products and services explained in the ioVTS flash tutorial can help achieve the following objectives:
- Simplified IT infrastructure and maintenance
- Replacement of outdated, high-power consumption Servers and PCs
- Maximized use of labs
- Extended IT budgets and IT investments
IT Teams for schools nationwide are depending more and more on virtualization because it ultimately extends the life of their infrastructure investment and it helps the IT Staff be more effective when it comes to maintaining the technology. “There is another reason we are seeing wide acceptance of virtualization technologies within the K-12 schools, and that is because it has become affordable,” says Brady. “The enterprise-class hardware and software needed for a virtual infrastructure that was once considered too expensive for schools and small businesses, is now affordable because IBM, Microsoft, and VMWare have adjusted their pricing.”
For schools around the country, I-O Corporation’s ioVTS (Virtualization Technology Services) division has become the “one-vendor stop” for their virtualization initiatives. ioVTS has partnered with IBM for the world-class server hardware, and Microsoft or VMWare for the virtualization software. I-O Corporation also offers their XPe, Linux, or Windows CE based ProEdge thin clients as a piece of the desktop virtualization solution. Thin clients can reduce energy consumption as they use up to 1/16th the energy of a standard lab PC. They can also reduce HVAC costs as they put out less heat as opposed to standard lab PCs.
About I-O Corporation
For over 36 years, I-O has provided technical expertise to all sizes of organizations. I-O Corporation focuses on Server and Desktop Virtualization solutions for Education, SMB and Enterprise Markets. The server solutions are based on the world-class IBM hardware and software from VMWare, Microsoft, and Citrix. The desktop solutions are implemented via I-O’s ProEdge Thin Clients based on Intel and AMD processors and XPe, CE, and Linux Operating Systems.
In addition to the ProEdge thin clients, the IBM Server offerings, and the expertise to make it all work, I-O also provides internet video streaming solutions for lecture capture as well as host connectivity and printing solutions for IBM Midrange and Mainframe systems. Product designs include economically priced video encoders, video chassis systems, thin clients, host print software, print servers, and Xip Twinax Controllers. With more than 750,000 enterprise solutions installed in more than 30 countries, I-O Corporation's reputation for product reliability and customer support is recognized world-wide. For more information, please visit www.iocorp.com.
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