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Theresa Lanowitz

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Your Next PC? The Personal Cloud, of Course Since the introduction of the personal computer, we all like to longingly think about what our next PC will have. Will it be lighter? Will it have better graphics? Will it be faster? And the biggest question of all, do we really need all of the latest and greatest features. All of these are questions we ponder when a new operating system is released, or when our current PC just decides to quit functioning (usually at the most inopportune of times). Well, what will your next PC be? No, it is not your next Personal Computer, it is your Personal Cloud! That’s right, the next PC you invest in may well be a Personal Cloud. The Apple iPad is just the beginning of this move from the Personal Computer to the Personal Cloud. With the iPad, Apple has hit a grand slam, scored a hattrick, a touchdown, or any other superlative spor... (more)

Virtualization: "The Leading Technology of the 21st Century"

The recent activity and interest around virtualization including the VMware IPO and Citrix acquisition of XenSource is indicative of the importance of virtualization as the leading technology of the 21st century. In a week where the market was headed decidedly south, the VMware IPO emerged as a star. The timing of the Citrix acquisition of XenSource was impeccable. XenSource is an open source company specializing in hypervisors, technology that allows multiple operating systems to simultaneously run on a single host computer. These two events showcase enterprise interest in virtual... (more)

Avoiding Catastrophic Software Failures

In 2012, voke published economic models to evaluate the hidden costs of software projects.  Our key findings show that since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2009, the average cost of software projects is rising dramatically, this is in spite of smaller teams working shorter durations.  At the same time, rework costs remain high or unknown and high profile software failures continue to make headlines daily. Organizations must understand how defects create a hidden cost of rework in every software project and how these costs manifest differently in Agile and Non-Agile project... (more)

Initial Thoughts on IBM Acquisition of Sun Microsystems

Sun has been in a holding pattern since the dot com implosion. And, while Sun positioned themselves as "the dot in the dot com", that was the last innovation we have seen come from Sun.   Sun, while it once had very competitive hardware, had no idea how to productize and implement effective software products.  Sun works on the assumption that all software must lead to Sun server sales - definitely a flawed idea that was proven wrong numerous times.  Sun also was never able to quite grasp the idea of high volume and low margin sales.  Sun continued on in its technology efforts lik... (more)

Economy Drives Adoption of Virtual Lab Technology

Surgient Session at Cloud Expo Surgient added to its existing suite of recognized innovations with a newly granted patent on the, “Creation and Management of Federated Virtual Server Clouds.” Additionally, three separate organizations honored Surgient for being among the fastest growing and most successful technology companies. Surgient has long been a leader in providing infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) through its purpose-built, seventh-generation cloud automation platform. Everyone wants to lower their capital expenditures and increase operational efficiency - it's a sign o... (more)