The move also gives new fuel to the Netbook movement for low-cost, network-enabled computers. Those machines today run Windows or Linux. Google Chrome OS provides a new option that hearkens back to the Network Computer era of the 1990s espoused by Sun Microsystems’ Scott McNealy and Oracle’s Larry Ellison.
Thinking Outside the Green IT Box – E-Commerce Times
Despite the proven benefits of non-IT related energy strategies, many vendors have been slow to cast their gaze beyond traditional computing to areas where companies can leverage IT tools and solutions to improve power efficiency or lessen their businesses’ environmental impact.
Hospitals respond well to Linux treatment – DesktopLinux.com
An IBM System x3650 server sits on the back end of the thin client system, feeding 65 IBM thin clients deployed in patient rooms in the hospital’s new West Tower. Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED), which has added virtualization features in recent versions, especially SLED 11, is used to offer virtualized operating systems for the thin clients.
What undoubtedly can complicate the privacy issues in these and other situations is that the governing law might change depending on the cloud provider’s physical location. Different rules can apply if storage is in a European Union country, arguably subject to the EU’s Data Protection Directive, in multiple states within the United States, or in multiple locations around the world. Accordingly, it is essential that the terms of contracts for cloud computing services must be negotiated keeping in mind the type of data to be stored, the location of the servers and the particular legal obligations of the business whose data it is.
VIDEO: Virtualization In A Box – bMighty.com
Dell’s Anthony Dina explains how Dell’s new pre-configured virtualization offerings combine Microsoft Hyper V software with Dell hardware and consulting services to make the technology more affordable and useable for small and midsize companies.