Signing on the Dotted Cloud One area where the virtual world of the cloud leads to a sense of discomfort has to do with signing documents and contracts. For centuries, the binding value of an agreement was based on an individuals capacity to sign his or her name at the bottom a visual and permanent testament to a persons consent to the terms of the agreement. Prior to the age of the fax machine, these documents were signed and then transported by courier or mail, but this changed once it became possible to enforce contracts based on a documents
Virtual World Environments And The Cloud When people think of the term “cloud,” often the dominant concept that comes to mind is one of storage and data transfer or perhaps the related issues of security and uptime. But the technology behind the cloud also offers a very human side, since it changes the way people interact, learn and develop, and this is something that industry giant VMware understands and embraces in both word and action. Fresh from their monster VMworld event held late August in San Francisco, and concurrent with the European event happening in Barcelona, VMware continues to demonstrate just
Making Virtualization Tangible: The CDW Bus The VMWorld Convention, currently underway in San Francisco has brought 22,000 IT professionals face to face with the future. From the opening presentation, which included mini-keynotes from industry heavyweights to the dizzying selection of breakouts and events, through to an exhibit floor larger (seemingly) than many actual countries, this extremely well-run multi-day extravaganza is helping drive home the awareness that we live in a new age, where virtualization of information technology rules. As Iddo Kadim, Director of Datacenter Technologies for Intel points out, this is not a reinvention of the wheel. The current infrastructure
Enterprise 3.0 From Puppet Labs: The Cloud Hits New Heights Cloud computing continues to reach greater and greater levels of sophistication and ability, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the remarkably agile world of Puppet Labs. This Portland-based company might not be a familiar name to the average consumer, but it is likely that its reputation looms large with anyone involved in IT, since they make the IT automation software that allows the big guys with public faces, such as Twitter, Yelp, eBay, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Google, Disney, Citrix, Oracle, and Viacom keep everything running
Online VMware Forum 2013: Get Real Benefits from Virtualization “Virtual” is usually a poor substitute for “real” – would you prefer playing Guitar Hero instead of rocking on stage? However, there’s one field where “virtual” can actually be better than “real” – Information Technology (IT). Applicable to hardware, software, memory, databases and networks, virtualization allows simplification of IT by making user experience independent of underlying infrastructure. However, the benefits of virtualization are not only limited to improved user experiences; they have multiple implications for the enterprise as well. The benefits of virtualization include: 1. Cost savings 2. Mobility 3. Scalability 4.
Cloud Computing Is Making A Leap In Space Technology Writing six ginger bytes of data every 1/60th of an hour is a daunting task. It might even sound mind-boggling for those outside the scientific community. However, the reality is true of a current mission in Europe that endeavors to chart the universe in its entirety using advanced servers. The mission will compute biological issues like biometrics, study rocks beyond the Milky Way, and explore planets in and outside the Solar System. What is the tying factor to all these? It is, undeniably, cloud computing. Mars Rover: a fresh example The
10 Industries That Will Gain From Adopting The Cloud Cloud computing, or ‘cloud’ as it is popularly known as, is the latest trend in the computer world. Everyone is talking about it and everyday new developments are coming in. Cloud computing is like a huge switchboard; when you need a power outlet, just plug in your device; and when you are done, remove it. You do not have to carry a switchboard or an adapter with you everywhere. Therefore, the switchboard becomes a ‘service’ given to you at a cost or for free (depending on the vendor). Without doubt, cloud
Cloud Gaming: Making the Joystick Airborne I should just come out with it. The last video game system I purchased was a Nintendo 64, back in the early 2000s. No, I am not a bells-and-whistles type of gamer, by any stretch of the imagination. But yes, I do have an opinion on this sizable, influential community. Video games are a means by which a great many of us escape the reality of our sometimes disappointing lives. And according to several updat es in tech news, the cloud will revolutionize just how quickly gamers can tap into that escape: the celebration