A virtualisation project can pay for itself in three years. After that it’s saving all the way.
Some of the most spectacular examples of cost saving that we’ve reported on in recent times feature server virtualisation using Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V technology, which provides built-in virtualisation as a no-cost option. Following the availability of this technology, in 2008/2009, we began to learn of cost-reduction stories from schools, as they drastically reduced the number of their physical servers, saving money on hardware replacement costs, electricity, and technical support.
We found that a typical school virtualisation project might reduce the number of physical servers from 20 to 6, reducing the annual rolling replacement bill by £7000. Associated energy savings – on air conditioning as well as power for the servers – are reported at £8000 or more annually. At this rate, the payback on investment rapidly turns into straight saving.
One of our popular free eBooks on virtualisation, covers the topic in detail, and includes a blow-by-blow account of how joint author Alan Richards carried through a virtualisation project at West Hatch School.
Two points, however, are heavily emphasised by Alan, and others.
So, well managed virtualisation achieves a better service for much less outlay of both capital and running costs.
For more information and some great examples of schools saving money using Virtualisation, our Cost Savings in Education eBook can be viewed in full below.
Originally posted on the Daily Edventures Blog.
“Music is such a beautiful community builder,” says multi-platinum musician Gavin DeGraw. “One of the most popular ways people relate to one another is through the music they listen to. It’s one of the most important foods of your life.” Indeed, music has played an integral part of DeGraw’s entire life. He grew up in a musical family where he was, “raised to regard music as part of the fabric of everyday life rather than a remote show-business ideal.”
DeGraw believes so strongly in the power of music in education, he has lobbied Congress to save school music programs. And as a VH1 Save the Music Ambassador, DeGraw is keenly aware of the impact music has on learning outcomes for students. DeGraw works to raise awareness about the importance of music education in a young person’s life, as well as to help raise funds to restore instrumental music education programs in U.S. public elementary and middle schools. According to VH1, “research consistently demonstrated that students who study an instrument enhance their critical thinking skills and their ability to work together as a team. They are more engaged in school and less likely to drop out; and they do significantly better in all of their academic endeavors.” Anthony Salcito recently spoke with DeGraw about the role music plays in learning and our shared cultural experience.
When the Coventry University IT team was asked to cut £1 million from its budget as part of a strategic initiative, it re-evaluated virtualisation technologies. A previous foray into virtualisation had proved to be expensive, with the team finding it a challenge to make the most of the technology. After comparing several solutions, it chose to deploy Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacentre because the licensing model immediately saved the university £129,000.
The IT team is now using Hyper-V technology—included in the solution—to virtualise as many virtual machines onto one server as it needs, without requiring licences for each virtual machine. The team has also reduced staffing needs by one full-time staff member through the consolidation of platforms. With the new environment, the university saves £1 million of its allocated budget.
To learn more about this project, the case study can be downloaded from our SlideShare account. Alternatively, you can view the full document below.
Great overview of Windows Intune and, more specifically, the new functionality within the latest version (Wave C).
Excerpt from our Windows 8 in Education eBook.
For learners and teachers, one of the major attractions of Windows 8 is its seamless performance across a range of devices – tablets, ultrabooks, notebooks, the various hybrids and ‘all-in-ones’.
Windows 8 offers the user a no-compromise, single sign-on experience across all these device types. So, a teacher could start lesson preparation on a staff room PC, then pick up their Windows 8 tablet to continue the same task on the train. Arriving home, they relinquish the tablet to a child with homework to do, and settle down to carry on their work on a family laptop. In each case they’ve encountered the familiar look, feel and efficiency of their own personalised version of Windows 8.
This potential to move between devices without the distraction of changing operating systems is huge. Learners encounter, wherever they go, the same unified interface with a modern look and feel. The same familiarity will then extend into working life, where Windows is the global operating system of choice.
Our full Windows 8 in Education eBook can be downloaded via our SlideShare account. Alternatively, the eBook can be viewed below.