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Improving Education IT through Tech Industry Support

By February 29, 2012

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NetApp led our profile of companies advancing online community forums and is at the heart of education in providing much needed support through its Education Donation Program. NetApp's education program, launched last year, assists school systems as a long-term investment to improve education IT.

For Arizona State University (ASU) school system, NetApp helped to create centralized desktop virtualization that allows the user desktops to be stored on central storage systems for performance acceleration and reduced operating costs. Students and academic institution users will have improved access to applications and data from on campus computers as well as other devices like smart phones and tablets.

In NetApp's press release, Regina Kunkle, vice president of State and Local Government and Higher Education (SLED) states "Educational organizations are constantly seeking out new and innovative ways to deliver advanced learning opportunities under tight budgetary restrictions."

One measure of success for education IT is reliability and availability of applications. NetApp's education system support and technology leadership is one valuable example of what the tech industry can do to help schools deliver new learning platforms and optimize computing resources for the future.

ASU's undergraduate engineering program is ranked in the top 10 percent of all undergraduate engineering programs in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report. Business, education, public affairs, design and art programs at ASU are rated in the top 25 percent.

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