|“The orchestration software that drives the service catalog understands the processes required for each service listed in the catalog, as well what resources are available in the private cloud architecture to support it. When the user selects a service from the catalog, the orchestration system takes over, launching a series of automated tasks to allocate the server, storage and networking resources for the service.” — Michael Brandenburg|
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is cloud orchestrator, industry lingo for software that manages the interconnections and interactions among cloud-based and on-premises business units.
|“Some observers feel Microsoft is working toward making Exchange Server backups completely unnecessary. The idea is that Database Availability Groups will eventually make Exchange resilient enough that you won’t need backups.” — Brian Posey|
|“There’s a lot to like about the idea of app wrapping. First of all, ensuring that encryption and authentication is present at the app level means that device level security is not nearly as important. So BYOD, managed or unmanaged devices—that all doesn’t matter. And with app wrapping, you can add security features to pre-existing apps.” — Jack Madden|
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is app wrapping. App wrapping is a big deal in mobile application management (MAM) because it allows an administrator wrap a security policy around a third-party mobile app.
|“Metro style apps are interesting because regular (classic?) Windows apps are NOT touch-based at all, instead requiring a keyboard and mouse.” — Brian Madden|
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Metro apps — that’s what you’ll be shopping for once Microsoft officially launches their entry into the world of app stores.
|“The new growth area for chips now is the smartphone market. Apart from people who play video games, the demand for better and faster computers has waned. In the smartphone market, however, that demand is massive.” — Daniel Emery|
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Ivy Bridge, the code name for Intel’s third generation of quad core processors. The Ivy Bridge processors employ 22-nm (nanometer) architecture, a drop of almost 1/3 relative to previous chips.
David Emery explains why there’s so much buzz about Ivy Bridge
|“My view is that crowdfunding will be really important in some industries, but not in all. A good example is technology companies. If you are in an early stage, tech startup, especially in Silicon Valley, and you can’t raise money from Angels or VC firms, that is a very bad sign.” — Ryan Caldbeck|
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is crowdfunding, which is financing a startup project with relatively modest contributions from a large group of individuals, rather than seeking substantial sums from a small number of investors. It’s been a big buzzword since President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act.
|“Not only can your photos be shared through Lytro’s site, once your images are uploaded to Lytro’s servers, you can share them all over the web (via email, Facebook, etc.) with the use of a Lytro embedded player, much like the one used to share YouTube videos. That way, anyone looking at your photos in the player won’t need any sort of extra software, they can just click anywhere on the image to shift focus.” — Grant Hatchimonji|
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is light field photography, an imaging technology developed (pardon the pun) by Lytro that makes it possible to adjust the focus in an existing picture. The cool thing is that you probably won’t have to buy a $500 light field camera to fool around with this photo tech — you’ll be able to mess around with it right from your iPhone or Android phone once they figure out how to the heavy lifting (processing) in the cloud.
Here’s a gallery to visit so you can see light field photographs for yourself. (I should be able just to embed an iframe and show you right here but WordPress keeps stripping out the code.)
|“All of the major software vendors — Sybase, Oracle, Microsoft, and many others — have products specifically aimed at wireless and mobile users. The big issue, though, isn’t so much the applications and where they run but rather the data and where it resides and how it’s managed.” — Craig Mathias|
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is mobile application manager (MAM), a network administration tool for remotely installing, updating, removing, auditing, and monitoring software programs installed on smartphones and tablets.
“Maybe we should start making scary sounds when someone uses poor grammar in a conversation, just like compiler warnings.” — Slashdot comment by ameen.ross
I love this idea. It would make company meetings so much more fun!
|“Hundreds of businesses, including Facebook, Zynga and dating website Lavalife, are among merchants that now accept direct-phone-billing payment. And that’s despite the high commission rates — 10% to 20% of the transaction — that the billing companies charge merchants.” — Roger Yu|