The Time is Right for the Classroom to 'Go Virtual'

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Federal Stimulus helps K-12 Schools leverage the Benefits of Server and Desktop, or Thin Client Virtualization in the Classroom, Computer Labs, and Server Rooms

We have seen school districts in states like Nebraska, Texas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois virtualize different pieces of their computing environment with great success

As federal stimulus funds finally start reaching school districts from their respective state legislatures, and as the economy becomes more poised for recovery, many schools are finding that their best classroom technology investment lies in Server and Desktop Virtualization with thin clients. As planning for the 2011-12 School year begins, I-O Corporation’s Virtualization Technology Services division (ioVTS) continues it’s momentum in the education space by offering full project assistance to schools wanting to “Go Virtual.”

At a time when districts are announcing school closures and lay-offs, more efficient use of technology and better long-term investments become more critical. IT Teams at K-12 school districts, charter schools, and higher education institutions nationwide are realizing how much more they can do, and how much easier it is to support their infrastructure, teachers, and students with virtualization. Virtualization technologies were once considered too expensive for schools and small businesses, but companies like IBM, Microsoft, and VMWare have adjusted so their virtualization solutions are more affordable.

“We have seen school districts in states like Nebraska, Texas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois virtualize different pieces of their computing environment with great success,” say Matt Brady, president of I-O Corporation. “The driving factors have been the investment longevity, the consolidation on space, the reduction in energy costs, and the ease of maintenance for the IT groups. There isn’t much more frustrating to a teacher or student than a piece of technology that doesn’t work. Virtualization allows IT Teams to respond to and fix problems faster than before.”

The ioVTS team helps expedite the process of evaluation, purchasing and deploying virtualized environments in schools. For example, as a partner with IBM, Microsoft, and VMWare, ioVTS has created bundled package solutions for schools that have included IBM BladeCenter Servers with storage, Microsoft or VMWare Virtualization, I-O ProEdge Thin Clients, Monitors, Keyboards, Mice, and the consulting service to help the School District configure it all properly. “Being able to fulfill everything through one vendor, including the help in configuring the hardware and software, has proven to be a huge value to education IT Teams,” says Brady.

For schools in the beginning stages of their virtualization initiatives, ioVTS offers a no-cost analysis of the server and desktop computing environment and an on-site trial of the ProEdge Thin Client connected via the Internet to I-O’s Virtual Desktop Servers. The ioVTS team then helps the customer determine the hardware requirements for the servers and thin clients based on customer objectives. Once a solution is agreed upon, I-O fulfills the entire solution and offers assistance to configure all the pieces properly based on best practices.

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About I-O Corporation
For over 32-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


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Todd Linschoten
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