11/19/2002 - The Lab School of Washington unveiled a new network computing system designed specifically to meet the special needs of The Lab School and its students. The system donated by Sun Microsystems includes 180 desktop Sun Ray[tm] appliances, Sun Enterprise[tm] 420R hardware and two Sun Fire[tm] 220R servers and is valued at more than $400,000. The Lab School of Washington is an internationally recognized institution known for its innovative programs for children and adults with learning disabilities.
"With the support of Sun Microsystems, The Lab School now has a state-of-the-art network computing system in every classroom, our computer labs, the library, and in all administrative offices," said Professor Sally L. Smith, founder and director of The Lab School of Washington. "The new system will allow us to create programs specifically designed for students with learning disabilities."
"The Lab School has a reputation for innovative approaches to education, and it needs easy-to-use technology that allows it to focus on teaching. With this in mind, Sun built a responsive and scalable network and technology system that is easy to maintain and administer," said Kim Jones, vice president of global education and research at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "By helping teachers, students and administrators collaborate and share materials more effectively using the Web, The Lab School is a model of what the best in technology can offer education."
The Sun Ray appliance system delivers server-class performance to the desktop -- a significant advantage to the classroom environment as the system is not dependent on desktop personal computers (PCs). Each student is issued a "smart card" equipped with a microchip to store personal documents and desktop applications. Inserting the smart card into a Sun Ray appliance anywhere on the school's network allows for immediate access to homework and other documents stored in a student's file. Sun Ray appliances also require no upgrades, which can be a significant financial drain on limited school resources.
The complete installation was made possible through a partnership with Cisco Systems and its donation of switches and routers valued at $50,000.
About The Lab School of Washington
The Lab School of Washington was founded in 1967 by Sally L. Smith, and is an internationally recognized institution known for its innovative programs for children and adults with learning disabilities. The Lab School Day School offers individualized instruction to students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
About Sun Microsystems
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer[tm]" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work.
Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Sun Ray, Sun Enterprise, Sun Fire and "The Network Is The Computer" are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
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