North Carolina State University and IBM have announced plans to provide every student in North Carolina access to educational resources through NC State's Virtual Computing Lab (VCL), an open source, Web-based technology. Through this cloud, which is a set of Internet-based resources, students at the university, as well as K-12 schools and other colleges around the state will have access to educational materials, software applications and computing and storage resources. NC State also announced that the code for its VCL technology is available through the Apache open source community for free and is in discussions with other universities that wish to replicate this cloud computing model.
The VCL program allows users to remotely access a set of applications and environments over the Internet, using a personal computer, laptop, or mobile device. In support of the effort, the state has announced the creation of a Center of Excellence in Cloud Computing, an applied research and development facility on the NC State campus that will spearhead collaboration projects between NC State and the IBM 'Blue Cloud' development team.