IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Zumasys, a leading provider of cloud
computing and infrastructure solutions for business-critical
applications, announced today that it has partnered with Nimble
Storage and Orangewood
Foundation’s Samueli Academy to implement an innovative Virtual
Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution that enables students to access
high-performance 3D modeling software from Chromebooks.
Orangewood Foundation is one of the leading providers of services to
foster youth in Orange County, California. Orangewood Foundation’s Samueli
Academy is a public charter high school open to both foster and
community youth, which offers an exciting instructional approach that
combines project-based learning with a heavy emphasis on technology. The
school has a 1:1 technology environment, providing every student with
their own Chromebook computer to take home.
To improve college and career readiness, the school partners with the
University of California Irvine (UCI) to offer innovative engineering
and design pathways that align with the university’s curriculum. In
2016, Samueli Academy launched a new course teaching students how to use
SolidWorks 3D CAD design software, an industry-standard software that is
also taught at UCI.
Orangewood partnered with Zumasys to implement a virtual desktop
infrastructure that allows students to use SolidWorks 3D CAD design
software from their Chromebooks. The project is the latest in a
multi-year partnership that began with a donation to Orangewood
Foundation by Zumasys’ Happyness
Is a Choice program.
“Over the last four years, Zumasys has supported Orangewood Foundation
in a number of ways through their Happyness Is a Choice program,”
explains Carlos Leija, Chief Development Officer at Orangewood
Foundation. “They’ve donated money, cooked lunch for the youth in our
programs, provided resume help, and participated in our mentor program.
Now, with this technology solution, they’re going to have a huge impact
on our kids for years to come.”
The new Citrix-based VDI platform running on Nimble Storage supports the
school’s project-based learning and college readiness objectives.
Students enjoy great SolidWorks performance on their Chromebooks thanks
to Nimble’s cache-accelerated storage tier.
“Nimble Storage and Zumasys were able to understand our requirements and
build a solution to best meet our needs,” explains Philip Thai, Director
of IT, Orangewood Foundation. “For an environment of our size, there’s
nothing like the performance that Nimble Storage provides in the same
With SolidWorks, students have access to industry-standard CAD software
and are gaining a valuable head start in engineering. The school now
plans to extend the VDI platform to as many as 100 students in its
engineering, design and Photoshop classes.
Zumasys helps businesses of every size Conquer the Cloud. Our
personalized approach to cloud computing means we take the time to
listen to our customers, understand their business objectives, and
develop a customized solution that accommodates any application. We are
passionate about providing a unique and exceptional service experience
for every customer. From its beginnings in 2000, Zumasys has grown to
encompass three divisions – cloud computing, infrastructure technologies
and software development – with offices throughout the United States and
the United Kingdom. Learn more at www.zumasys.com
About Orangewood Foundation & Samueli Academy
Orangewood Foundation was founded in 1981 and today is one of the
leading providers of services to foster and community youth in Orange
County. Foundation programs focus on four critical areas: basic needs,
housing, life skills & employment, and education. Recognizing that 46%
of foster youth do not graduate from high school, in August 2013 the
Foundation opened Samueli Academy, a free public charter high school for
community, underserved and foster teens, located in Santa Ana. Today the
school has impressive results with a 97% attendance rate and 50% of
students on the honor roll. Annually, Orangewood Foundation serves
almost 2,000 foster and community youth. Learn more at www.orangewoodfoundation.org