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Rochester Institute of Technology Chooses VMLogix LabManager Cloud-Based Computer Training Labs

VMLogix, Inc., a provider of virtual machine management solutions designed for software companies and IT organizations, today announced that Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), a privately endowed, coeducational university that graduates more computing students than any other university in the country, has deployed VMLogix LabManager – Cloud Edition (LabManagerCE) in its Department of Networking, Security and Systems Administration classes. Using LabManagerCE, RIT has been able to cut server infrastructure acquisition costs, reduce training lab set up time, enable virtual labs for international programs and improve overall student education and experience.

“VMLogix LabManagerCE running on Amazon Web Services makes a lot of sense to us because it provides flexibility and means we don’t have to worry about providing compute capacity,” said Charles Border, Ph.D., associate director of the School of Informatics at Rochester Institute of Technology. “In the past, we’ve had to support the hardware, which can be challenging because we could never refresh it quickly enough. But now that we can migrate to an environment where someone else provides and updates the hardware, we simply pay for the time we use. Having virtual lab software available in the cloud gives every university the opportunity to offer a high performance, highly configurable environment to its students, which was previously impossible. We really view LabManagerCE as a game changer for higher education.”

Before deployment, RIT had a number of computer networking, system administration and computer security classes where students ran exercises setting up and deploying services on computers. The university wanted to decrease the time it took to set up labs for these classes and be able to offer labs to students located across the globe. In July 2009, RIT adopted LabManagerCE because of its superior virtual lab automation and centralization capabilities, as well as its higher education pricing structure. Since deployment, the university has been able to cut server infrastructure acquisition costs by $80,000. Additionally, RIT has been able to reduce lab set up time from 20 minutes to less than five using LabManagerCE’s automation and management capabilities. They have also been able to offer the same lab capabilities to international students. Most importantly, RIT has been able to offer its students improved hands-on experience to prepare them for their future in technology.

“Universities and other academic institutions are continually seeking ways to offer their students a first-rate technology education within their budgets,” said Sameer Dholakia, CEO of VMLogix. “VMLogix LabManagerCE enables universities to use cloud resources for virtual lab capabilities, offering a more cost-efficient alternative to purchasing new in-house resources. Additionally, with LabManagerCE universities can service students faster and regardless of their location around the world.”

VMLogix LabManager – Cloud Edition

VMLogix LabManager – Cloud Edition leverages Amazon EC2 for virtual lab automation in the cloud, offering on-demand access to virtual lab tools and computing infrastructure resources over the web from any location. Most importantly, Cloud Edition enables a pay-for-what-you-use pricing model: leveraging the elasticity of the cloud to reduce upfront capital expenditures by instantly scaling up or scaling down the lab infrastructure when required, and only paying for what is used.

Published Wednesday, March 24, 2010 5:00 PM by David Marshall
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