I still remember the days when I used to do network installations, study and plan the location, determine the best location for the servers, the number of workstations, the distance – all taken into consideration to determine which topology is best for the said project.
Now, the wires are a thing of the past. Companies are adopting wireless technology for their network infrastructure. And why not, its easier, flexible and more convinient.
The question now is – is this just a fad? or is wireless technology really ready for prime time?
Just like any other computer terminology and technology, virtualization is one term that is widely used by most of the tech companies. Almost all tech companies embraced and are offering virtualization solutions. They say its more effective, easy to manage, more affordable, and more efficient. But the question is, are virtualized servers more secure than physical servers?
What is virtualization? Simply put – virtualization is the creation of a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, such as an operating system, a server, a storage device or network resources. The usual goal of virtualization is to centralize administrative tasks while improving scalability and work loads.
If you ask any ordinary Filipino family what appliance or device would they buy if in case they are given the chance to buy one, the answer would probably a television set. What would be next after the television set? It will now depend on their requirement, it could be a refrigerator, airconditioning, washing machine, microware oven or even a gas stove. Will a computer be part of the list? Maybe yes. Maybe no.
Why not a computer? A couple of reasons, perhaps mom and dad are not into technology. Expensive. Family will not prioritize something that will cannot be used by the entire family. No phone lines, so computer with no internet access is useless. Misinformed that computers are bad and will bring no good. I am sure there are a lot of reason still but if money is the problem, then the solution is already here.
Just recently, Microsoft Philippines showcased the latest version of Office – Microsoft Office 2010. No less than its President for Asia Pacific Mr. Emilio Umeoka graced the ocassion. Microsoft Product Manager – Business Productivity Femme Cruz demonstrated some new feature the new productivity tool has to offer. In a nutshell:
– Work anywhere with Office Web applications — the lightweight Web browser versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote that provide access to documents from virtually anywhere and preserve the look and feel of a document regardless of device.
– Collaborate better with co-authoring in Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 and Microsoft OneNote 2010, and advanced e-mail management and calendaring capabilities in Microsoft Outlook 2010, including the option for users to ”ignore” unwanted threads.
– Bring ideas to life with video and picture editing, broadcast capability in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, easy document preparation through the new Microsoft Office Backstage view, and new Sparklines in Microsoft Excel 2010 to visualize data and spot trends more quickly.
You can expect that year 2010 will be a year of the smartphones. As early as now, most of the phone manufacturers are releasing and announcing their new smartphone offerings and innovations. And this is brought about by the advancement in technology, computing power in your hands – anytime and anywhere.
Smart phones are mobile phones that also offer Internet accessibility, texting and e-mail capabilities and a variety of programs commonly called “apps,” or applications. So in a nutshell, its a device that allows you to do what a mobile phone is supposed to do and what a computer is supposed to as well. But as I have been saying eversince, any device that can connect to the web are potential security threats.