• Product News

    Internet Explorer 9 Released Today!

    IE 9 is significantly improved over previous versions, and offers better support for web standards. This should make it a better platform for Cloud Based features that Microsoft is pushing these days. If you have not tried the earlier Release Candidate, I would encourage you to get the final release version now. It is is faster, and I have had no issues.

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    Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, Addressed a Meeting of the Energy Industry

    Last Wednesday, at IHS CERA’s annual energy conference, Microsft CEO Steve Ballmer said that Cloud Compuing can come to the aid of the planet by helping the industry meet the world’s need for energy.

    In his speech Ballmer said that energy businesses are facing the same issues that other companies are these days. “It is clear that we’re not going to be able to conserve our way into our energy future,” he said. “The task will be to invent new ways to fuel factories, vehicles, homes and cities. It will be underpinned by information technology.” He went on to say that new energy resources can be found via Cloud connected devices and services.

    In essense, his message was that the Cloud can be a resource to the energy industry has they continue their expected expansion in coming years.

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    New Release of Google Chrome Preps Us for the Cloud!

    Google Chrome 10 was released March 8th, and has a lot of “hooks” into “The Cloud!” Google is calling it, “speedier, simpler, safer” but the big news to Cloud developers is what is “under the hood!” The “sandboxing” that they do in the browser’s inner workings keeps processes safe from “evil” web apps.

    Google is preparing us for the release of the Chrome OS, a “Cloud Computing OS” that will help us move further into Cloud dependancy. So, get to know Google Chrome, if you don’t already… it will get you ready for the Cloud Revolution!

    And, in terms of safety, consider this… At “Pwn2Own” at the CanSecWest security conference participating hackers attempted to hack the major browsers in the field: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. The idea being that the first team of hackers to be able to do it woudl win a $15,000 prize AND the new computer that they were using at the conference to do the hacking! Now THAT is impressive! And, it bodes well for Google attempting to “lure” folks into the idea of Cloud Computing using their platform!

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    VirtZine Netcast #1 – Video – “Cloud Computing and Society”

    The first netcast of VirtZine – The On-Line Magazine of Virtualization and Cloud Computing! The iPad 2 is here, are you ready for the user demand? Ten things you can do with virtual computing. How does Cloud Computing fit in your lifestyle?


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    VirtZine Netcast #1 – Audio – “Cloud Computing and Society”

    The first netcast of VirtZine – The On-Line Magazine of Virtualization and Cloud Computing! The iPad 2 is here, are you ready for the user demand? Ten things you can do with virtual computing. How does Cloud Computing fit in your lifestyle?


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  • Product News

    Red Hat’s Fedora 15 Alpha Release Includes Cloud Development App

    Fedora 15 Alpha has been released and includes a devleopment environment called, “BoxGrinder.” BoxGrinder is a command line tool that allows you to create “appliances,” which are virtual images, from simple application files (in plain text.)

    BoxGrinder is also available for platforms such as: KVM, Xen, VMware, and EC2. BoxGrinder is similar to Novell’s SUSE Studio, and can be used to develop for “the cloud.” Fedora also contains LibreOffice, one of my favorite Open Source projects!

    Links:

    Red Hat Web Site

    BoxGrinder Web Site

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    VMware Releases New iPad Client for VMware View

    View Client for iPadVMware has announced the release of a new View Client for iPad! This is something I know that many Enterprises have been watching for, as the demand for iPad support in the Enterprise has been steadily increasing!

    The new VMware iPad client for View includes full support of the PCoIP protocol. It works over both WiFi and over 3G. It is also integrated with the new View 4.6 Security Server, which allows for secure access of corporate data.

    Dr. Stephen Herrod, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of R&D announced the new client in his CTO Blog on VMware’s web site.

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  • The Virtual World

    10 Things You Can Do With Virtual Computing (Personally)

    We think of the benefits of virtualization in the Enterprise. But there are personal things that can be better virtually, as well! In the article I link to here, writer Keir Thomas, from PC World gives us some neat ideas!

    10 Cool Things Virtualization Lets You Do

    “Virtualization isn’t just for geeks or those who run enormously powerful servers. It offers something for everybody, and if you haven’t yet dipped your toe into the virtualization ocean, then you’re at serious risk of being left behind.

    In its strictest sense, virtualization refers to running two or more operating systems one one physical PC. Either the multiple operating systems run side-by-side, with a separate piece of software called a hypervisor used to manage them, or one operating system runs the other operating systems within program windows. The former is usually limited to servers, with the latter finding common use on desktop computers.”

    Here’s his list:

    1. Run Old Apps
    2. Access Virus-Infected Data
    3. Browse in Complete Safety
    4. Test Software, Upgrades, or New Configurations
    5. Run Linux on Top of Windows (or vice-versa)
    6. Back Up an Entire Operating System
    7. Create a Personal Cloud Computer
    8. Run Headless For Web Development
    9. Make a Backup of Your Server For Emergencies
    10. Reuse Old Hardware

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    The iPad 2 is Here! Are You Ready for the User Demand?

    Well, the iPad 2 was launched with much hoopla this week. What do you think of the iPad as a platform? I submit that it doesn’t matter what YOU think! Your users think it is awesome, and they want it! They want the Enterprise applications at YOUR office to run on the iPad, and other tablet computers! But, Dr. Bill, they simply WON’T run in that environment! Yeah, I know, but that doesn’t, and won’t stop the user demand in the Enterprise for their apps to run on the tablet, whatever “favor” they have, or want!

    So, what is a System Admin to do? You KNOW that management will say, Let them have the tablets!” Yep, sooner or later! So, enter application virtualization! Whether it is through VMware View and ThinApp, or Citrix XenDesktop, sooner or later, you will HAVE to provide a means to use those Enterprise applications in the tablet arena!

    So, start researching, planning and looking into these new tech areas… because that day will come (truth be told, it is here!) We hope to be one of your main resources for this type of tech, so stay tuned!

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