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Sep 16 2008   12:21AM GMT

VMware expands education opportunities with GoVirtual.org

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In the past, young men seeking their fortunes were often told “Go West, young man.” The West was pregnant with opportunity for those willing to seek it. Now VMware is offering young men and women at universities another opportunity — the opportunity to go virtual. In response to the growing number of academic institutions leveraging VMware technologies, VMware has created GoVirtual.org. The purpose of GoVirtual.org is to help professors and students in higher education learn how to teach and study virtualization.

As virtualization becomes more and more a part of the IT field, students emerging from four years at a university will need to have a basic, if not advanced, understanding of the virtualization technologies available if they are to thrive as IT professionals.

GoVirtual will offer the following virtualizaton-related items:

  • Courseware
  • Papers
  • Downloads
  • Conferences and Events

And perhaps the most important offering of GoVirtual is a community where like-minded students and faculty across the globe can meet and connect virt… Nevermind, I’m not going to make the joke. It’s been used up :)

Universities such as Carnegie Mellon, Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne (EPFL), Georgia Tech, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and University of California at Berkeley already benefit from the VMware Academic program. And although the University of Texas is not officially listed as one of the academic institutions that has benefited from the same program, from my own experiences I can say that it certainly has.

GoVirtual.org is a great compliment of the academic program, and a great fit for higher education. I invite other educators to visit GoVirtual to see how they themselves can learn about this exciting technology field and share their knowledge with the Stephen Herrods of tomorrow.

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