|Customers don’t want a container that only supports HP equipment. Customers want to be able to mimic their own data centers, so we’ve designed the POD to support any vendor’s hardware.
Steve Cummings, as quoted in HP’s POD: The newest containerized data center
At one point Google tried to patent the idea.
|That’s because the CherryPal, set to begin shipping at the end of this month, is a true cloud computer, meaning almost all if its applications and data are stored online.
Chris Morrison, Will CherryPal be the first mass-market cloud computer?
A cloud computer is desirable for a few reasons. One is that small chips like the CherryPal’s 400 MHz Freescale processor can handle more tasks with the help of an outside server. Individual devices almost never need upgrades, and are harder to infect with viruses. Upgrades are also possible without replacing the computer, and files are accessible from anywhere. And the CherryPal requires only two watts to run, much less than a normal computer.
If they’re positioning it as a cloud computer — why not name it Cumulus or Stratus or Cirrus or Nimbus? (The price for this little black box is going to be $249.)
|Look, I fully understand being enamored with a new feature or a new technology. I have succumbed to that siren song more times than I can count.And we, as vendors, don’t make the situation any better, do we?
But I’ve learned — the hard way — that “outcome lust” is a far better thing than “feature lust”.
Chuck Hollis, Feature Lust By Storage People
And then the truth came out … they were severely under the gun to cut IT expenses (who isn’t?) and thought that thin (virtual) provisioning might be a great way to do it.
As IT battens down for rough seas, this is the kind of guy I’d want captaining our ship. I salute you, Chuck Hollis.
|The storage admin now has a new use for the time freed up by fast-and-simple allocation: monitoring the use of the virtual provisioned devices and their supporting pools.
Barry Burke (The Storage Anarchist), 0.007: virtual provisioning catch-22
|The various iterations of the iPhone Configuration Utility could be successfully used in smaller, depot-style support environments, but the tools as currently structured lack the security and remote reach for large deployments to use effectively.
Andrew Garcia, Apple’s iPhone Configuration Utility Disappoints
|The Silicon Alley Insider blog reported that Summize was acquired for an estimated $15 million in cash and Twitter stock. Are Twitter search ads next?
Mark Walsh, Twitter Buys Search Engine Summize
|Apple just launched K-12 on iTunes U (opens iTunes) that allows schools to use iTunes as a platform to distribute educational content.
Not quite sure why a school would find this easier than just posting the stuff on the web, but I do know Apple would love to get all those students spending even more time in iTunes.
Jon Robinson, Apple’s iTunes U for K-12 Schools
I can’t think of a single network administrator I know who would recommend putting iTunes on school computers.
I had to look up the acronym UMPC. It stands for ultra-mobile personal computer.
|If your business has any kind of web presence, this could be a great tool for you. Why? Your customers don’t even need to launch a browser to find you. Your application, branded with your logo, could be sitting right on their desktop.
Kyle Claypool, Tech Tools: AdobeAIR Apps
I’m not so sure about Adobe AIR apps. I can clutter up my desktop quite nicely by myself. I’ve already ditched my gadgets and widgets. The AIR apps look pretty but I still think I’d rather go to a web page and keep my desktop for my own clutter. I must say, though, that Kyle’s examples almost have me convinced to give it a try.