VMware and Wyse Technology Bring Desktop Virtualization to More Classrooms, Improving Education on Lower Budgets

Schools and Universities Turn to VMware View™ and Wyse Cloud Client Computing Solutions for Greater Computing Freedom, Simplified Management and Reduced TCO

SAN JOSE and PALO ALTO, Calif. – February 9, 2011VMware, Inc. and Wyse Technology, the global leader in cloud client computing, today announced growing momentum for desktop virtualization in the classroom with VMware View™ and the Wyse portfolio of industry-leading thin, zero and cloud PC client solutions.

Universities and school districts are using the combination of VMware View™ and Wyse client devices to enable the computing freedom that educators and students want, while delivering the control and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) advantages school IT administrators require.

By modernizing their desktop infrastructure with VMware View™, school IT administrators can centrally manage all of their virtual desktops in a school’s datacenter, significantly reducing the maintenance time and costs associated with legacy PC deployments. In addition, the desktop virtualization solution from VMware and Wyse is an energy-efficient alternative to traditional PCs.

Virtualization and shared computing are particularly attractive to educational institutions where multiple people are using the same device; such is the case with the schools below.

Manchester Essex Regional School District in Mass. recently built a new state-of-the-art green facility for middle school and high school.  It is filled with 21st century features, including solar panels, light shelves that bounce light into dark classrooms while simultaneously dimming lights, and modern ventilation systems.  Integral to the vision of making the building a model of sustainability and efficiency was a complete green IT strategy, which included desktop virtualization solutions from Wyse and VMware.

“It's a next generation solution. We wanted technology that conserved power, optimized our use of space, simplified our IT infrastructure and maintenance, and enabled staff and students to be as productive as possible.  The combination of Wyse and VMware View™ has given teachers, administrators, and IT staff the ability to do their jobs effectively and conveniently, and has improved the learning environment for students.”
— Stephen Kwiatek, Network Administrator, Manchester-Essex Regional School District.

Morgan County School System in Madison, Ga. has one of the best computer-to-student ratios in the state.  With a looming PC refresh across five campuses, the IT team decided to virtualize the desktop environment and replace 1,300 PCs with zero clients. The ability to Streamline PC management while creating a sustainable technology infrastructure for years to come, were two of the deciding factors in the move to desktop virtualization.  Morgan County turned to VMware View™ and the Wyse P20 zero client specifically designed for the PCoIP protocol.

“VMware View™ and the Wyse zero client are a great fit for us.  VMware was an easy choice because of our great experience using VMware solutions in the data center.  We chose Wyse zero clients to replace our PCs because of its ease of management as well as being able to handle the diverse applications that our students use.  While the main impetus for this move was to streamline management of the desktop environment, we are also excited about running all desktop and network resources in the cloud.  After a year of planning and piloting, we are ready to deploy this next generation of computing in education that will ensure Morgan County students and teachers won't be left behind with technology.”
— Jay Cawley, Director of Technology, Morgan County School System

Nassau Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County (BOCES) is a non-profit New York state agency providing educational services for local county school districts as an extension of the state education department.  The largest in the state of New York, Nassau BOCES supports 56 local county districts for integrating curriculum, instruction, administration and technology.

“Our mandate is to supply partnering districts with affordable, reliable and sustainable technology solutions that can be managed with limited resources. In the Hempstead District, we implemented and manage VMware in the data centers, and wanted to leverage the investment in virtualization by extending it to access points in the classrooms and labs. After extensive testing, the District Administration and I found the best possible combination in VMware View™ and Wyse for delivering unparalleled performance for students and staff.”
— David Lasker, Director of Technology, Nassau Board of Cooperative Educational Services

Limited Time Offer:

Wyse is currently offering special programs and promotions to the education industry with adjacent purchases of VMware View academic SKUs – $100 off qualified Wyse thin and zero clients as well as a 50 percent discount promotion on Wyse PC Extender. More information on these promotions is available at www.wyse.com/VMwarePromos

Ten of the top 15 universities in the world use Wyse’s award-winning thin, zero and cloud PC client solutions.  In addition, Wyse’s products and education customers have been honored by leading education-industry awards such as Tech & Learning’s Leader of the Year Program, District Administration’s Readers’ Choice Awards, and the National School Boards Association’s Technology Leadership Network (TLN) annual list of "20 to Watch" emerging leaders in education technology.

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About VMware

VMware (NYSE: VMW) delivers virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable IT organizations to energize businesses of all sizes. With the industry leading virtualization platform – VMware vSphere® – customers rely on VMware to reduce capital and operating expenses, improve agility, ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go green. With 2010 revenues of $2.9 billion, more than 250,000 customers and 25,000 partners, VMware is the leader in virtualization, which consistently ranks as a top priority among CIOs. VMware is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.

About Wyse Technology

Wyse Technology is the global leader in Cloud Client Computing.  The Wyse portfolio includes industry-leading thin, zero and cloud PC client solutions with advanced management, desktop virtualization and cloud software supporting desktops, laptops and next generation mobile devices.  Cloud client computing replaces the outdated computing model of the unsecure, unreliable, energy-intensive and expensive PC, all while delivering lower TCO and a superior user experience.  Wyse has shipped more than 20 million units and has over 200 million people interacting with their products each day, enabling the leading private, public, hybrid and government cloud implementations worldwide.  Wyse partners with industry-leading IT vendors, including Cisco®, Citrix®, IBM®, Microsoft, and VMware® as well as globally-recognized distribution and service partners.  Wyse is headquartered in San Jose, California, U.S.A., with offices worldwide.  More information can be found at www.wyse.com or by calling 1-800-GET-WYSE.

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