Atlantic Cape Community College unveiled 42 Supermicro Superservers Jan. 12 donated by Linode LLC that are being placed online this month.
The servers will perform a host of functions for the college’s Information Technology Department, including operating both as production and concept-testing servers. The increased processing capacity will contribute enhanced IT performance for the college administration, faculty and students. “This is a welcome donation from a local firm that has an outstanding reputation as one of the premier Linux VPS providers internationally. We welcome their support and ongoing collaboration,” said Douglas Hedges, dean of ITS at Atlantic Cape.
“We end up with thousands of surplus machines that we – as a cloud host – can’t utilize,” Linode CEO Christopher S. Aker said. “These servers still have value, they’re still fully functional. We thought that giving students at Atlantic Cape exposure to them would be the best way to put these machines back to work. It’s a really great second life for these machines. It’s great for the students who will be working on them. And it’s a great way for us to give back to the community.”
Atlantic Cape welcomes these community partnerships. “We are grateful for Linode’s donation, and their support of our students, programs and facilities,” said Sean Fischer, dean of resource development and president/Board of Trustee operations. “Our college thrives on developing meaningful community partnerships, and we are excited to work with Linode.”
The server donation is one part of Linode’s IT Workforce Preparation Initiative, which seeks to more practically prepare post-secondary computer science students for career IT positions through on-going, close collaboration with colleges and universities.
“We developed the ITWP Initiative because we actually have found it difficult to find enough qualified candidates to fill entry-level IT positions here in New Jersey,” said Keith Craig, Linode’s public relations manager. “Consequently, we’ve hired employees from California, Maine, Ohio and elsewhere. Linode’s intent is to partner with colleges and universities to help modify curriculum, present knowledge on the cloud, and donate hardware so that IT graduates exposed to current IT trends can enter their careers at full gallop.”
Linode is a Galloway-based Internet service provider with more than 250,000 customers worldwide. The company offers developers and business owners the highest-performance cloud servers available at an affordable price.