When the topic of virtualization comes up, most often the focus is around virtualizing the PC, not the end user.
In a video interview with Young Song, CEO, president and founder of ZeroPC.com, Crossfire Media’s Carl Ford (News - Alert) talks to Song about the company’s “revolutionary” next-generation user interface for private and public cloud computing.
The cloud-based “transferable Web desktop” helps the user to move their full desktop experience online, unify, consolidate and manage all of their digital content into one secure place for accessing and sharing between people using any browser and any Web-enabled device, Song explained, and can duplicate a Windows-type desktop in the cloud.
“We made this infrastructure using the Amazon backbone for public cloud for end user consumers,” Song said, allowing users to spread out their audio, video, documents and pictures.
“We made this interface to aggregate the whole connection, with one single sign on, so you can drag and drop different storage,” he added. “With new upcoming, services coming, we are going to hook it up for you, so you can continuously move on to new technology without leaving your data in an inaccessible way.”
ZeroPC also addresses a need within school systems, which often have to balance outdated equipment with budget constraints.
“We also make this whole package licensed to the school market. We see a problem with that there are so many different computer infrastructure – tablet, laptop – and it now outdates the old computer. It’s okay to use, but it’s very difficult to manage the proper software installation,” explained Song. “So as long as all of these devices are running the browser properly, because we are Web-based, you can access the same content. We provide a public cloud for the end user to help unite content management. We also license this whole package to the school so they can manage their infrastructure and students can have their own Web desktop so they can access homework from home in a much easier way.”
Song cited the Santa Clara school district, which has about 15,000 student and 25 schools. About one-third of their computers are outdated. But since they still function properly, the school will be able to retain the computers using ZeroPC’s Web-based solution.
Ford and Song also discussed the PC world’s inundation with tablets and mobile devices. For more on virtualization and ZeroPC, check out the video interview on TMCnet.
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Erin Harrison is Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives, for TMC, where she oversees the company's strategic editorial initiatives, including the launch of several new print and online initiatives. She plays an active role in the print publications and TMCnet, covering IP communications, information technology and other related topics. To read more of Erin's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Rich Steeves