Partnership to Provide Free Virtualization Software to Global Education Community
e-academy Inc. and VMware have entered into a new global relationship to promote the VMware Academic Program (VMAP). VMAP is a comprehensive program that is designed specifically for the higher education academic community, where the program will offer free cutting-edge virtual server license software to all verified students and faculty worldwide.
Through a fully managed e-academy WebStore, eligible students and faculty within educational institutions can easily access and download selected VMware software free. These WebStores will manage the VMAP registration process, distribute software electronically to eligible users and ensure all the licensing policies associated with the VMAP are met.
The four VMware products that will be offered initially are: VMware Fusion (For Mac), VMware Workstation (For Linux), VMware Workstation (For Windows) and access to the e-learning program. Other exciting products will be added in the near future.
Eligible institutions include accredited institutions and programs; technical schools offering degrees or diplomas, including through distance education; technology-focused departments such as computer science, engineering, and information systems; and recognized K-12 schools or districts.
“Getting software into the hands of students, faculty and staff at no or low cost has been one of the guiding purposes of e-academy since it was founded in 1998,” said Brad Brohman, vice president of marketing and sales at e-academy. Brohman added, “We are very excited to work with a world-class company like VMware to open up a much broader market for free offerings of their flagship products and e-learning programs.”
Julia Austin, senior director of research and development at VMware, added, “VMware was looking for a partner to help expand our evangelical software distribution program and e-academy, with its global reach and years of experience in the higher education software market, was the perfect fit. We look forward to working with e-academy to help us share our world class suite of virtualization software with students and faculty worldwide.”