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By Kimberley Donoghue
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NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ OSHEAN said it recently signed an Enterprise Licensing Agreement with VMware Inc. that will allow its members to virtualize IT servers and desktops.
â€śThis initiative will help Rhode Islandâ€™s colleges, universities, hospitals, schools and government agencies to stretch existing resources,â€ť said George Loftus, president of the he nonprofit consortium of local organizations building a high-capacity broadband network throughout the state. â€śThis program represents a critical tool for Rhode Islandâ€™s anchor institutions to operate more efficiently and implement new technologies through virtualization.â€ť
The Community College of Rhode Island will be the first school in the state to implement virtual desktops across all of its campuses â€“ more than 3,000 virtual desktop seats for use by faculty and students.
The agreement is projected to save $2.5 million for purchase of VMware products and renewal fees for OSHEAN members which include colleges, hospitals, state and municipal offices and K-12 schools.
â€śThis relationship with OSHEAN will allow us to streamline our process to create efficiencies for the benefit of taxpayers in Middletown,â€ť said Matt Wainwright, Middletown CIO and IT director. â€śWeâ€™re hoping to make remote access available to all of our employees. Sharing the cost of applications will help us achieve that goal.â€ť