The Evolution of VDI as a Crucial Technology in Higher Education – What’s next?

first_imgIn Part 1 of this blog series, we talked about desktop virtualization in terms of its ever-changing role in solving new problems for Higher Education: lab systems management, student productivity and flexibility, a bridge between wealthier and poorer students, lab consolidation, and finally looking forward to “21st Century Collaboration Spaces.” Now, let’s discuss the future – what new challenges in Higher Education can VDI as a technology solve? Here are a few ideas I think are interesting.Hyper-converged infrastructure VDI appliances (HCIA) are becoming increasingly attractive for campuses that want to set up distributed compute environments. For example, to give the Law School a separate IT environment from the Business School, etc. A few years ago, the cost per seat of VDI made smaller deployments too expensive, and we saw a lot of schools try – unsuccessfully in most cases – to corral their departments into a centralized solution.Today, the “building block” approach of HCIA opens up the technology to departments that want to virtualize a few labs, then pay as they grow. Plus, the ease of the software GUI’s that run from a single management console on HCIA’s means schools no longer require an IT professional with a “PhD in VDI.”Because an HCIA allows nearly frictionless scaling without the budgetary impact of previous hardware upgrades or expansions typically required for a VDI project, schools can use this technology for distance learning programs. Schools are opening up new avenues of learning (and sometimes new revenue streams), via distance education programs and Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC’s).Hosted by leading institutions such as Stanford, MIT, Yale, Harvard, and at least 563 other universities, the number of massive open online courses has exploded in recent years.  Offering up software for such programs via desktop virtualization environments allows schools to avoid the hassle of shipping and tracking software licenses, and allows students to leverage their own hardware.However, the number of students enrolled in these courses can swing up and down much more rapidly than in a traditional on-campus course. If the number of students signed up online is much greater than anticipated, hyper-converged infrastructure appliances allow for flexible scaling and ease of virtual desktop deployment. This allows schools to offer more distance learning to more students at a lower cost.Looking ahead, I’ve seen a few forward-leaning IT administrators try to provision all of their desktops from the public cloud, saying, “We don’t want to be in the desktop management business. We want to be in the education business.” Unfortunately, most of these valiant efforts have been limited by a handful of issues that I believe will be solved in the next five years.The first is how you protect critical data, like HIPAA data leveraged by a medical school, in a public cloud environment. While there are work-arounds to allow you to do this today, they are not elegant solutions. I suspect a much better answer is going to be the developing technology set around hybrid cloud architectures where sensitive data is stored and protected locally.The second issue is around software application licensing. Five years ago, most ISV’s did not have concurrent licensing, required by most Higher Ed institutions for virtualizing lab computers. This meant that there was a huge software licensing “tax” on going virtual, and my team was involved in an Educause working group related to this issue. Today this issue is already mostly resolved, but there are a few notable stragglers among software developers that are preventing deployments of the full complement of academic software required by students. I suspect this problem will resolve quickly.The third issue is that, because campuses do distributed IT purchasing, cloud solutions that reward scale can be cost prohibitive. Even in schools where the CIO has issued a centralized mandate around cloud adoption, IT professionals have lacked a charge-back system that would effectively administer a fair distribution of costs across multiple departments. Once a solid solution for multi-tenant cloud / departmental charge-back takes hold, this will drive more large campuses to serve up their desktops out of the cloud.And, once Higher Ed does wholeheartedly embrace the cloud for more than just storage or Office 365? I see an interesting opportunity for universities to take advantage of the ability to “burst” up and down rapidly. Higher Ed, in particular, has very seasonal needs. What if a school could provision for a baseline level of activity, then burst-up each semester during midterms and finals?However these trends evolve, it is clear that Higher Education has already derived great benefit from desktop virtualization technologies, with huge impacts to student work-study habits, the use and purpose of computer labs, physical plant allocation, and IT support workloads. I am excited to look back in five more years and see what else in Higher Education has changed as a result of this ongoing transformation in desktop computing.last_img read more

Design professor Robert Sedlack dies at 47

first_imgVisual communication design professor Robert Sedlack, who saw graphic design as a force for social good, died in his sleep at his South Bend home Saturday, the University said in a news release. He was 47.Sedlack taught the course “Design for Social Good” and won the College of Arts and Letters’ Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award and the Center for Social Concerns’ Gancy Faculty Community-Based Research Award this year. Students in his classes partnered with community organizations like the Center for the Homeless and the Juvenile Justice Center and foundations in Haiti and South Africa, and they “engaged such social issues as racial discrimination, gun control, voter participation, xenophobia, rights of immigrants and the social stigma of HIV/AIDS,” the release said.“I want the students to understand that they can do meaningful work that will benefit others,” Sedlack said, according to the release. “And through these courses, I really think the students begin to understand that design can be used to change lives for the better.”Sedlack grew up in Greencastle, Indiana and graduated from Notre Dame in 1989 and from Indiana University Master of Fine Arts program in 1993. He joined Notre Dame’s faculty in 1998 after working with design firms in Chicago, the release said. In 2001, he redesigned Notre Dame’s shield, typography and color palette.“Robert Sedlack was a visionary leader in the graphic design program at Notre Dame,” Department of Art, Art History and Design chair Richard Gray said in the release. “His approach to design solutions for underserved populations was an exceptional example of turning scholarship into service, of using design to make a difference in the lives of others. Our university has lost an incredible colleague, teacher, mentor, and friend.”There will be hours of visitation from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by a 30 minute wake, all at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on June 3, according to a University spokesperson. The funeral service will take place June 4 at 9:30 a.m., the release said. Sedlack is survived by his wife Theresa and two children, Emma and Trey.Tags: design for social good, graphic design, Robert Sedlacklast_img read more

WHO confirms Bangladesh’s first H5N1 case

first_imgMay 28, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed that a 16-month-old boy from Bangladesh had an H5N1 avian influenza infection in January but has since recovered.The boy, who is officially listed as Bangladesh’s first H5N1 case, got sick on Jan 27, the WHO said in a statement today. His H5N1 infection was identified retrospectively during seasonal surveillance by the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh.Bangladeshi government officials announced on May 22 that the boy’s infection had been confirmed the day before by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is a WHO reference laboratory.The boy is from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. The WHO said he had been exposed to live and slaughtered chickens in his home. Health officials have collected samples from his family members and neighbors, but none so far show any signs off H5N1 infections, the agency added.Bangladesh, along with the neighboring Indian state of West Bengal, experienced widespread poultry outbreaks over the winter. The H5N1 virus struck 50 of Bangladesh’s 64 districts, according to a recent Agence France-Presse report.Today’s WHO confirmation of the Bangladeshi case raises the global H5N1 count to 383 cases with 241 deaths.See also:May 28 WHO statementlast_img read more

‘I’ll give you a bottle of champagne for the lowest opening bid’

first_img215/2 Barney St, Southport.Earlier in the day, a Surfers Paradise apartment sold for $155,000.After initially pausing for negotiations, the buyer raised their bid to $155,000 before the property was called on the market and sold.The property, on the sixth floor of Diamonds is described as “affordable” with views of the ocean and city. 215/2 Barney St, Southport sold for $132,000.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours agoIt is the cheapest sale so far at the auction bonanza, held at the RACV Royal Pines Resort.“I’ll give you a bottle of champagne for the lowest opening bid,” auctioneer Phil Parker said after bidding started at just $60,000.Described as the cheapest CBD apartment in Southport, the property offers views of the city skyline and the Gold Coast Broadwater. 215/2 Barney St, Southport sold for $132,000 under the hammer.A GOLD Coast apartment in the heart of Southport sold under the hammer for $132,000.The one-bedroom apartment was offered to the market at Ray White Surfers Paradise Group’s The Event, held on the Gold Coast on Sunday. 61/19 Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise. 61/19 Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise sold for $155,000.last_img read more

Twelve year old advises parents to pay attention to youth

first_imgLocalNews Twelve year old advises parents to pay attention to youth by: – May 30, 2012 Share 54 Views   one comment Giselle Pierre-ToussaintOne twelve (12) year old young has made a plea to parents as well as members of society to pay closer attention to their children and the youth.Giselle Pierre-Toussaint who is the recipient of the National Youth Council’s 2012 Beyond Excellence Award, explained at that awards ceremony that parents are “always too tired or too busy” for their children.While she highlighted the efforts which parents make in providing the basic needs of their children, she pointed out that often times one of the most crucial ingredients is left wanting.“Although many parents are hard working and good providers they sometimes forget that bringing home a pay cheque does not necessarily make them good parents. Love, not material gifts, should be the crucial ingredient in every parent child relationship”.Pierre-Toussaint noted the need for parents to ensure that they impact positively on the lives of their children and the youth of the island.“When children are young they are at their most impressionable age and are easily influenced by the values and actions of those around them. They seek acceptance by emulating the behavior of elders. If parents are always too tired or too busy to spend time with their children then children must find another role model. Unfortunately, that role model might be the neighborhood bully or the drug dealer around the corner which later will result in delinquent and criminal behaviour which cannot be ignored as it will increase the risk for negative outcomes in our youth”.She pleaded to adults to “recognize us in good and bad tell us when we are wrong but praise us when we are good”. The youngster also made several recommendations which she believes could assist the youth and society which included “the older generation being good role models and mentors for the youth”.“I appeal to you to be committed to the task at hand when engaging the youth. You must first accept your roles as leaders and role models to us, encourage us to partake and engross us in substantial discussion, seek opportunities; do not only lecture us but listen to us as well, guide us instead of making all decisions without our opinions or consent”.She described the youth as “humans” and the “future of tomorrow” who also have “views and opinions” which adults should listen to.“Try to see things from the youth’s perspective, in other words, pay attention to our ideas. Do not compel us, let us decide and instead guide us along the way,” she urged.Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Perez – no Arsenal move for Higuain

first_img Higuain, who told the media on the final day of the Primera Division season that he was going to leave Madrid in the summer, was reported to be on the verge of a £23million move to the Emirates Stadium. However, during an interview with Univision, Perez insisted: “We don’t want Higuain to leave. What’s more no-one from Arsenal has come to us and made us any offers at all for him. There are no offers on the table.” Press Association Madrid have made two signings so far this summer, bringing defender Dani Carvajal and midfielder Isco to the Bernabeu from Bayer Leverkusen and Malaga respectively, but Perez remained tight-lipped on future transfers. The club have been heavily linked with Tottenham winger Gareth Bale but Perez insisted a deal was not imminent. “He is a great player who belongs to a club we enjoy good relations with, but we have not made any offer,” he said. It has been reported Madrid will sign Spain Under-21 midfielder Asier Illaramendi from Real Sociedad in the coming days. And although Perez did not confirm a move for the 23-year-old, he indicated Madrid were looking to sign a long-term replacement for Xabi Alonso, who will turn 32 in November and who suffered from a groin injury towards the end of the season which forced him to undergo surgery in June. He admitted: “We are concerned about the state of Xabi Alonso. Defensive midfield is a very important position and we should be looking to strengthen there.” Uncertainty remains at Madrid over the long-term future of Cristiano Ronaldo, but Perez said he was calm about the situation. “Ronaldo wants to retire at Real Madrid, and we want him to retire here, just like Zidane and so many other great players did. You can be absolutely certain that Cristiano will retire at Real Madrid.” center_img Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has dismissed speculation Gonzalo Higuain is about to join Arsenal by revealing the London club are yet to make an offer for the Argentina international.last_img read more

Rooney settled by Moyes arrival

first_img Sick of repeatedly being played away from the central forward areas the 27-year-old feels he is best suited to, it seems Rooney’s Manchester United career has been saved by Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. There certainly appeared to be little future for Rooney with the Scot in charge. Yet under David Moyes he is flourishing again, restored to the position he likes best. “There came a point where I had to be a bit selfish for my own career,” said Rooney. “Everyone at the club knew where I wanted to play. That wasn’t happening. “I’ve had no problem playing out of position in the past, but I’m a forward and I felt I deserved the right to play in my position. “David Moyes has come in, he’s playing me up front, and I’m enjoying it.” The knowledge Ferguson, who was handed a seat on the board by United and retained at an estimated cost of £2million, would remain an influential figure led the former Everton man to conclude his days were numbered. Instead, Moyes made keeping Rooney his major summer target. And with United refusing to countenance selling to a major domestic rival, he had no choice but to stay. As Ferguson remains in the background and easily capable of causing major difficulty should he so wish, Rooney’s future is not entirely resolved. But Ferguson did make placatory statements in his United States TV interview last week and although Rooney’s contractual situation – he has less than two years to run on his current deal – is also uncertain, it now appears, more than at any other stage, he will be staying at United. “I know from the outside looking in it might not have seemed like that, but I have been settled all summer,” he said. “I spoke with the people who matter at the club and we knew what we were doing. The club made that clear. “My wife had a new child and I’ve been really happy. “I’m not going to go on saying I wanted to stay or I wanted to leave. “I just want to concentrate on my football. We’ll see what happens after that.” Rooney’s comments endorse the word that came out of United’s training ground very early in the summer that he was looking sharper than he had done for any pre-season in years. It was Ferguson’s belief if Rooney missed one game he needed two to get fit. Under Moyes’ training regime that does not appear to be the case. “The training has been so hard,” said Rooney. “We’ve done a lot of different types of training, a lot more running; long running, quicker running, sharper running. “That’s been of benefit to me. I feel as fit as I have done at any point.” Wayne Rooney believes he had to adopt a selfish approach to make the most of his career. Press Associationlast_img read more

Gov. DeSantis Visits Hard Rock Stadium Test Site, Emphasizes Social Distancing within Households

first_imgGov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference late Sunday morning at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, one day ahead of the venue’s opening as a coronavirus testing site.DeSantis stated that due to the prevalence of COVID-19 in South Florida, “we want to work hard with the folks in South Florida with the prevention and mitigation and containment efforts.”To that end, the stadium’s parking lot will be turned into a drive-thru testing site beginning at 9 a.m. Monday.In addition, testing is available to first responders on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Individuals 65 and older will be accepted for testing, and the person must have COVID-19 symptoms and a state-issued identification to be tested.Those who are tested will be instructed to wait 48-72 hours for results from a health representative.Medics from the Florida Army National Guard will be administering specimen collection, which involves swabbing the nasal cavity.The testing site will be located in the East Parking Lot at the stadium, which is located at 347 Don Shula Drive in Miami Gardens.South Florida is the epicenter of the outbreak in the state. As of Sunday morning, there were 59 reported cases in Palm Beach County, 180 in Broward, and 177 in Miami-Dade, and 13 deaths statewide.According to the Health Department, the person who died in Palm Beach County was an 88-year-old man.Three deaths in Broward, reported earlier by the state, include a 77-year-old man, a 92-year-old man and a 96-year-old woman, all of whom were residents at Atria Willow Wood, a senior living facility.DeSantis emphasized that the virus tends to attack those over age 60 more often that it affects children, and reminded Floridians to practice social distancing, even within households. He explained that the state is experiencing an increase in cases from within the same households.Director of the Florida Department of Emergency Management, Jared Moskowitz, also asked people to avoid large crowds at places such as beaches, adding, “The beaches will still be there.”State officials have not issued an order closing all beaches at this time, leaving that decision to each municipality instead.The governor said earlier in the weekend that seven other seniors from Willow Wood have been infected, and another four residents are awaiting test results.The facility failed to properly screen construction workers, staff and cooks who were allowed to work their jobs without restrictions while sick, according to DeSantis.last_img read more

WATCH LIVE: SpaceX Crew Dragon Docks with International Space Station

first_imgThe astronauts on this mission are Robert Behnken and Doug Hurley. They are expected to spend at least a month – and possibly as long as four months – on the International Space Station.After NASA declared Saturday’s launch a success, President Trump delivered a speech from the Kennedy Space Center, saying the launch proved that the “commercial space industry was the future” of space exploration.“We’ll be landing on Mars soon, and we’ll soon have the greatest weapons the world has ever seen,” Trump added.The Crew Dragon is scheduled to dock with the ISS around 10:30 a.m. ET Sunday. The SpaceX Crew Dragon that took off from Kennedy Space Center aboard a Falcon9 rocket on Saturday afternoon is moments away from docking with the International Space Station.The spacecraft took off from the same launch pad that was used during the Apollo mission to the moon in 1969.It represents the first time a private company is launching NASA astronauts to space, as well as the first time in nine years that American astronauts are leaving from U.S. soil.Since the space shuttle program was retired in 2011, NASA astronauts have been traveling to the International Space Station onboard Russian Soyuz rockets that are launched from Kazakhstan..@NASA TV is live now as the @SpaceX #CrewDragon nears the station for a 10:29am ET docking. Read more…— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) May 31, 2020last_img read more

‘Awo’, Bobb, Jacobs make return to ‘Golden Jaguars’ for Indonesia friendly

first_img– Team departs today for historic matchANTHONY ‘Awo’ Abrams, Dwain Jacobs and Trayon Bobb were named in Coach Wayne Dover’s 19-man squad for Guyana’s November 25 International Friendly against Indonesia. The team will depart today for the South Asian country.The squad consists of two goalkeepers, five defenders, seven midfielders and five forwards, including Curtez Kellman (GFC), Denzil Fordyce (Milerock), Jeremy Garrett and Cecil Jackman (Fruta Conquerors FC).Dover called the squad “a good blend of overseas and locally-based players,” adding “most of the locally-based players have played over 10 games for Guyana at the senior level while it would be valuable exposure for the likes of Jeremy Garrett, Cecil Jackman, Denzil Fordyce, Kelsey Benjamin and Curtez Kellman.”“This group of young players has an average age of 20 years and this augurs well for the programme to see them in the senior final 19-man squad. As the Elite league gets underway, many more opportunities would be given to the players from the league even as Guyana prepares for the 2018/19 Caribbean Cup,” said Dover.Looking ahead to the game in Jakarta which will mark the first game for Guyana on the Asian continent, Dover called the fixture “very interesting,” pointing to the fact that it also marks the first time Guyana will be playing a team from South East Asia.“The coaching staff, players and administration want to ensure we get a positive result to make history; winning our first game in that side of the world. This effort by all involved will be seen as ‘one team, one dream’ to make it happen,” said Dover.Former National Captain Charles ‘Lilly’ Pollard will be Dover’s assistant, while Eon De Veira is the team’s goalkeeper coach. Manager is Rawle Adams.Squad: Akel Clarke (GK), Andrew Durant (GK), Anthony Abrams, Christopher Bourne, Jake Newton, Jelani Smith, Jeremy Garrett, Cecil Jackman, Dwain Jacobs, Brandon Beresford, Anthony Benfield, Daniel Wilson, Trayon Bobb, Curtez Kellman, Denzil Fordyce, Kelsey Benjamin, Shaquille Agard, Devonte Small, and Daniel Jodah.last_img read more