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BCO2290 – Case Study – Westerly Public Schools: How Data We Store Helps School Districts Ace the IT Test

As a K-12 school district, Westerly Public Schools is in the business of learning, and schools need to start learning from the data that sits within their IT infrastructures. Educators are hungry for the ability to mine and take advantage of the value hidden in unstructured data silos to enable data driven decision making. With constrained budgets, school districts are expected to do more with less. Schools have come to expect that all assets, in and around the classroom, function to promote excellence for all students, across multiple disciplines. It is no longer good enough to have a server, a piece of storage or a backup product. Systems and data must all be coupled together to realize the greatest efficiencies and produce actionable data. Forward thinking educators are adopting technologies, such as virtualization and intelligent storage to accomplish this goal. For example, teachers could identify students that require “early intervention” in the young years of their lives, rather than waiting until they are in their pre-teen years and already deemed at risk. Educational organizations need to gain insight that could help with compliance with the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Acts (FERPA) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

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Dell Buyout News / Axis Business Soultions Summit


At this past weeks Axis Business Summit held in beautiful Maine, among the informative content and sessions was the public announcement that Dell would once again be private.


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Peter Estes, founder and owner of Axis Business Solutions, has expanded his information technology, business software and market services company to a larger space at 55 Green St. in Portsmouth.RichBeauchesne/

See the entire Article from CRN article by Steven Burke

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DataGravity—Big Data—-Intelligence Built In


I know it has been a while since I’ve posted…..but frankly I haven’t been too excited lately….until recent meetings with Principals at Data Gravity…

Their pedigree speaks for itself….if you don’t know who these folks are, you should….google them and you will.

I think their solution sounds creative, innovative and quite promising in that it proposes to add value by adding a major piece of functionality—-the ability for K12 (and others in SLED and SMB generally) to take Big Data—-whatever that may mean to YOU—and provide a real time, actionable solution—think RTI, early intervention, down to the student level.  Think Dashboards and decision makers who are paid to act quickly (they must) and aren’t too technically savvy—okay some, not all.



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Microsoft targets iPad, Android users with tablet virtualization license fee – InfoWorld (blog)

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Microsoft targets iPad, Android users with tablet virtualization license feeInfoWorld (blog)In a move described by some as Microsoft’s attempt to slow down Apple iPad adoption by enterprise consumers, the company is creating yet another add-on (Shocker!!!)  licensing…

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Google v Microsoft; Battle Over Cloud Storage

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Cloud storage is the latest big thing on the Internet, especially now that both internet giants, Google and Microsoft are battling with each other to get the (#Microsoft #Cloud Google v Microsoft – Battle Over Cloud Storage: Editing a document…

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VMware 5.0 Training Days Three and Four (Review) | ZDNet

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VMware 5.0’s Hump Day and Final Turn chronicled in living color. Grab some caffeine and focus.

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Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Education Commissioner Deborah Gist tour Westerly High School, Westerly Rhode Island

“…..with great technology, and great enthusiasm, all leads to good learning, good teaching,” Chafee said.” 

Inspirational and great to here for the countless hours by so many members of my team and others that made this technology available to students.  Behind the scene was a great infrastructure based on VMWARE, Dell Equallogic, and a lot of work by administrators, teachers, technicians, and students. 

Exciting to see.


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Attended NE VMUG Today 3/3/11 vSPHERE 5 info…

Nothing official, but info and discussion are out there….and it sounds, awesome, as long as they “Grandfather” in current customers instead of creating and Uber-Ultra-Super-Duper Pack…and then charge for it…..?  They wouldn’t do that.  Nah…..

Posted in Mark Lamson, VMware.

K-12 Virtual Roundtable #1

Today we had Pano Logic join us for our first round table to discuss their products. We also had a quick discussion on things to come. We’ve recorded the Round table so please feel free to listen to it at your leisure.

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Thin is In / Heading towards Zero?

Recently yours truly, Mark Lamson, aka K12VirtualGuy was interviewed by tech journalist Heather Clancy for her blog, Smart Planet.  The focus of the interview had to do with K12 and my school’s adoption of Pano Logic’s zero-client solution.  Other vendors make great solutions as well, and we intend to explore the pros / cons of the differing approaches and the rapidly changing VDI market.  For this Friday’s PodCast on TalkShoe, we plan on having a guest speaker from Pano Logic participate in Q / A.  Links to the case study that Pano Logic did with Westerly Public Schools, as well as in Higher Education can be found here.

Posted in Just Starting Out, K-12 Virtual Podcast, Mark Lamson, VMware.