Dec 31



jones_supa writes “Ville ‘viznut’ Heikkilä presents us with an interesting project. ‘As demonstrated by the video, IBNIZ (Ideally Bare Numeric Impression giZmo) is a virtual machine and a programming language that generates video and audio from very short strings of code. Technically, it is a two-stack machine somewhat similar to Forth, but with the major exception that the stack is cyclical and also used at an output buffer.’ The main goal of IBNIZ is to provide a new platform for the demoscene. Something that would have the potential to displace MS-DOS as the primary platform for sub-256-byte productions.”

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Dec 31

During the past few years enterprise services have been leveraging cloud-based technologies for several reasons including scalability and automated provisioning capabilities [1, 2]. In a development / design environment, cloud platforms provide dynamic and repeatable processes for creating environments that help reduce lead times and provide cost-effective optimizing infrastructure apart from eliminating manual intervention and minimizing rework due to environment defects. In a deployment environment, the cloud leverages virtualization, distributed applications and grid-based architecture patterns. In this article, I discuss creating a reference architecture and designing financial supply chain applications so they can be enabled for cloud environments [3].
Some of the challenges faced by the financial supply chain applications include lots of integrations, innovative automated voluminous payment solutions, purchasing and distribution of financial instruments/cards, electronic invoices present/payment systems, and performance metrics for financial flow management. From a buyer’s perspective it’s more about account payments and from a seller’s perspective it’s more about accounts receivable. The biggest challenge would be multi-party payments and reconciliation of the amounts. The volumes of the financial supply chain amounts are high, particularly during seasonal events. These additional volumes make it necessary for automated provisions for demand growth that can be achieved by implementing cloud-based solutions. Data and applications of financial supply chains make the difference when using a cloud-based design. Both user response system modules and batch processing system modules in the financial supply chain require the attention of cloud-based design in terms of creating more provisions for handling high volumes of web server/application server traffic, middleware to handle volumes and at the data tier. Most of the time, financial supply chain applications are connecting multiple applications at the same time rather than one application at a time, hence the scalability issues can be handled by incorporating cloud-based techniques.

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Dec 31

“Today things are being distributed, they’re getting parsed out everywhere on the cloud, everywhere in that virtual space, and you still need to test it – that’s where Parasoft comes in,” explains Wayne Ariola, Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development at Parasoft, in this SYS-CON.TV interview with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan at the 9th International Cloud Expo, held Nov 7-10, 2011, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Cloud Expo New York, June 11–14, 2012, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and Cloud Expo Silicon Valley, November 5–8, 2012, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading Cloud industry players in the world.

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Dec 31



New submitter brunozamborlin writes “I just published a short video that shows how a very cheap contact microphone can be used to recognize different types of fingers touch and transform any surface into an interactive board. In the video we put the microphone over different surfaces such as kitchen tables and balloons and through realtime gesture recognition we show how we can play different virtual music instruments using a technique called physical modeling . A mobile version would be definitely possible.” The project’s Web page shows several more examples. Update: 12/31 15:17 GMT by T : Bruno Zamborlin points out that the surfaces don’t need to be flat; instead, they simply need to be rigid.

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Dec 31

This white paper examines current challenges in the storage industry resulting from globalization of markets, exponential data growth, and new regulatory requirements, and how to meet the demands of this ever-changing storage market by adopting virtualization, serverization, and more. Published by: Intel

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Dec 31

Holtsville, New York-based CARCO Group Inc. and its three divisions provide investigative, fraud detection, and risk mitigation services to large corporations, producing more than two million reports each year. This case study explores how CARCO deployed NetApp unified storage to support their virtualized infrastructure and file workloads. Published by: VMware and NetApp

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Dec 30

What do Virtualization and Cloud executives think about 2012? Find out in this VMblog.com series exclusive. 2012 - The Year of Context-aware ITaaS… Read more at VMblog.com.

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Dec 30

What do Virtualization and Cloud executives think about 2012? Find out in this VMblog.com series exclusive. Virtualization - Hyped in 2011, Still… Read more at VMblog.com.

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Dec 30

Virtualization has made significant inroads in certain markets. For example, you’d be hard-pressed to find an enterprise or data center that, today, is not using virtualized server technologies. Indeed, virtualization has become less of an option and more of a necessity for companies that want to be able to continue to offer high levels of service, more applications, and do it for the same or even less money than they did before.
One area virtualization hasn’t taken off – at least for midsize and small companies – is the area of desktop virtualization. We were told that 2010 would be the year that virtual desktops would reign supreme. When that failed to materialize, experts told us that the release of Windows 7 in 2010 would mean that desktop virtualization would take over in 2011. Here we are in late 2011, and that hasn’t happened either.
Is it any wonder that many are predicting 2012 to be the year of desktop virtualization?

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Dec 30

I’m still finalizing my 2012 and 2013 predictions and perspectives which is a work in progress, however, here is a synopsis:
Addressing storage woes at the source: Time to start treating the source of data management and protection including backup challenges instead of or in addition to addressing downstream target destination topics.
Big data and big bandwidth meet big backup: 2011 was a buzz with big data and big bandwidth so 2012 will see realization that big backup needs to be addressed. Also in 2012 there will be continued realization that many have been doing big data and big bandwidth thus also big backups for many years if not decades before the current big buzzword became popular.

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