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Virtual Desktop

Posted in Business, Hardcore IT on November 12, 2008 by Edwin Boender

Last week I was in Hamburg in our European engineering center to have the customer informed about virtual desktop solutions. The concept of virtual desktop is about having nothing installed on the desktop. No information, no technical parts (hard drive, processor) no management, no costs. When customers having trouble to reducing costs on their desktop environment, it is worth considering this concept. By managing thousends of desktops (where ever they are) in most current situations, with this concepts only the back end will have to be managed.
We also noticed that customers see many advantages in security, no information is stored on a virtual desktop. And you have the control about your own back end as well.
Last but not least the energy savings. 4 Watt againt almost 200 Watt of a regular desktop.

Multi threaded

Posted in Hardcore IT with tags on September 17, 2008 by Edwin Boender

Yesterday the focus was on multi threaded environments. As the speed of memory is a crucial bottleneck, increasing the speed compute power (Ghz) does not lead to significant results. Currently Sun is delivering 64 threads on a chip, soon 128 threads cips are coming out and rumors tell us that 1024 threads chips must see day light soon.

Just red an Dutch article about multi threading, without mentioning Sun as a supplier. Even worse, they let us know that most of the current application do not perform well on multi threaded environments. They must have missed that Java apps are all multi threaded. More and more software suppliers are seeing the benefits of developing multi threaded apps for their customers. Logical; they save money on the hardware and last but not least the assumption of compute power decreases significant. Green idea?