Vmware Academic Program

Vmware Academic

Working at a academic institution has some perks as I found out about this program that is available from Vmware. Of course there are requirements in order to qualify for the academic program, myself being a staff member and in charge of the computer learning environment, I think we can at least qualify for academic pricing for their software. I know we can definitely use it in a lab environment to virtualize our classroom servers (file & print, oracle, student web development, etc) and use it in infrastructure use to virtualize our web servers. Of course for infrastructure use we will need to pay for it at academic pricing, but it sure beats paying full price with our budget limitations. Here what you can get:

The departments at member institutions qualifying for free licenses will gain access to software through the VMware Technology Network (VMTN) Subscription . VMTN provides members access to a powerful suite of VMware products, support, upgrades and a host of technical resources. The products within the VMTN Subscription are ideal for instructional and research use within academic institutions.

Included products are:

  • VMware Infrastructure
  • VMware SDK
  • VMware P2V Assistant
  • VMware Workstation
  • VMware Server

For IT and other infrastructure use, eligible institutions can access the entire suite of VMware software, at a special discounted price, through standard VMware commercial sales channels.

Vmware Academic Program Website

Microsoft Academic

Microsoft also offers a full range of software on their academic program, if your interested check it out here. Last I checked it was around $500 for electronic fulfilment – thats downloading .iso files to burn instead of $800 for media that is sent to you, of course you can still download with that subscription. Licensing is by department – checkout this short list of perks:

The department receives numerous benefits as part of their membership:

  • Latest set of Microsoft platforms, servers, and developer tools via regular CD shipments and a download Web site.
  • License to install the software on any number of lab machines used by the department for instructional and research purposes.
  • License to provide the software to students taking courses that lead to credit or a certificate within the department, so they can load the software on their personal computers for use in coursework and personal projects.
  • Electronic software distribution to students through e-academy License Management Systems (ELMS).
  • Four technical support incidents (varies by region) in addition to access to the managed newsgroups and the Online Concierge.
  • Private newsgroups where faculty can ask technical and administrative questions, collaborate with each other, and talk with the MSDN AA team.
  • Comprehensive Web site that provides resources for faculty, including;
    • Program information and news
    • Projects, tutorials, academically focused articles, and curriculum

Finally we could talk about Ubuntu and the whole range of Open source products including WordPress. I know that some schools use free wordpress accounts for interactive use of technology in various subjects. Blog sites obviously promotes free exchanges of ideas and spurs interaction amongst the younger generation epically. The nice thing about Open Source is that it is free for consumption.

-dhashi

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