IBM and Wyse Technology are partnering on a new cloud solution to promote universal access for students. Initially, the partnership will deliver an IBM Smart Business Desktop Cloud offering to middle school students in Aurora, IL. The partnership is part of a collaborative program with Lrn2innovate, an education infrastructure provider and the Dunham Fund, a private philanthropic foundation.
The offering is designed to allow students to progress through classroom lessons based on their own pace and learning level in a technology lab environment. Faster students, or students with a higher level of learning will be given additional activities via the IBM product, freeing up teachers to focus on students who need additional attention.
The partnership is expected to expand and include additional pilot schools. The laboratory houses Wyse thin clients powered by a desktop image streamed by IBM System x server hardware and serves as many as 150 students daily.
“Today more than ever, schools need an affordable, reliable and efficient way to deploy and manage desktop infrastructures,” said Rich Esposito, IBM Vice President of Workplace Services, IT Strategy Services. “