Many computer users and businesses hear the term open source bandied about but don’t really have any idea what it actually means. Read the full definition here, it may confuse you some more, but basically the term means that it’s an open platform on which developers can create their own apps and improve the platform, making it something of an ongoing collaboration.
Part one – recent research on why companies are adopting hosted desktops
In this series, we will be examining in further detail the full benefits of hosted desktops and to some extent, virtualization and the cloud as a whole. A recent survey found that when most companies are asked what they consider virtualization to be, servers are the things that spring immediately to mind.
Adverse weather conditions continue to hit the UK. Sub-zero temperatures and record levels of snow continue to have a huge impact the economy. Heavy snowfall threatens the livelihoods of many small businesses. Many commuters and public transportation services have come to a freezing halt. Many rural regions are completely isolated and numerous rural roads are completely impassable.
When planning began for the technological infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympic Games back in 2009, cloud technology was considered but rejected for being too “cutting edge” to ensure complete reliability. As we now know, cloud and virtualisation solutions can be very reliable, depending on the service that’s used. Whilst Michele Hyron, the chief integrator for the project says that they tech infrastructure won’t be in the cloud, she does add that they are using some virtualisation.
Historically, cloud has for the most part been taken up by smaller, tech savvy companies than large organisations and SMEs. However, this is beginning to change at a rate that is now moving much faster than many predicted. Myths surrounding cloud, such as security, have discouraged companies from moving to the cloud; for larger enterprises, deployment has put them off due to the sheer size of the project at times and worries concerning loss of data, management etc.
For many Mac users it is important to have access to a Windows operating system. Before the launch of Boot Camp or the release of virtualisation software, Mac users had to purchase a Windows based machine. There are three ways of running Windows on Mac:
Cloud investment set to rocket, US Cloud Expo expected to attract 10,000, VMware buy Nicira, Gov’s G-Cloud
According to the Broadband World Forum (BWF), who are set to hold the biggest industry event in Europe come October, “network operator commitment to the cloud phenomenon has reached startling new levels, with investment set to top last year’s record US$13.5 billion”.
By 2019, more than 30% of the 100 largest vendors' new software investments will have shifted from cloud-first to cloud-only.
Hosted desktop solutions offer a much fuller and individualised all-round experience than most other cloud-based services, including storage and email.
Did you know: The first use of the word “cloud” to denote an area of network to which users could upload, download and share files, altering them as they go, was in 1977.
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