Description: Macy’s will roll out kiosks selling consumer electronics to 400 stores after a two-year pilot program. The e-Spot automated kiosks have touchscreen technology, provide extensive product information and allow customers to make purchases by swiping a major credit card or Macy’s gift card.
Description: Microsoft’s planned acquisition of Tellme Networks adds to its growing portfolio of speech technologies. What’s different is how Tellme’s software is put to use: helping mobile phone users find what they want without the clumsy typing.
Source: Mary Hayes Weier and J. Nicholas Hoover, InfoWeek
Description: When cosmetics giant Mary Kay started to plan an overhaul of its network, the company also began considering tools that would better manage application traffic over the Internet. The company decided to give its WAN a facelift with application acceleration and optimization products from Packeteer.
Description: The article explains that traditional gaming technologies can be developed for learning activities that are engaging and fun, they lack the realism of military-specific builds. Just as important, traditional AI for non-player characters can be somewhat lacking for simulation.
Description: 10:12 minutes. YouTube video with Dell CTO to talk about virtualization. This is the opportunity to discuss how virtualization can increase the flexibility of IT assets, allowing companies to consolidate IT infrastructure, reduce maintenance and administrative costs, and prepare for strategic IT initiatives such as grid computing, utility computing, and service oriented architecture.
Virtualization separates business applications and data from hardware resources. Allows companies to pool hardware resources-rather than to dedicate servers to applications-and assign those resources as needed.
Major types of virtualization are the following: network virtualization that is the pooling of physical storage from multiple network storage devices into a single storage device that is managed from a central console; network virtualization combines available resources; and hardware virtualization that is the use of software to emulate hardware or a total computer environment other than the one the software is actually running in.
Source: Kevin Kettler, Dell Chief Technology Officer, YouTube Video
Description: 1:56 minutes. YouTube video about the creation of an homogenous storage facility virtually, called storage virtualization. Allows for real time distribution of resources where they are needed and when.