Tuesday's afternoon sessions at Demo in San Diego offered up an instructive look behind the scenes at the enabling technologies that will drive high tech's future capabilities.
Jasper Wireless looks at the intersection of global economies and the proliferation of intelligent machines and offers an international platform for
connecting and managing networks, systems and cellular devices worldwide.
"One hundred and ten million machines now have the power to talk to one another," said Daniel Collins, CTO at Jasper.
What devices or machines talk about over cellular is not up to Jasper, rather its technology focuses on making the connections and delivering the content.
A centralized management console will allow managers to view a single dashboard no matter where in the world the devices or machines are located. Using the console a manager could deactivate a connected machine from thousands of miles away.
Jasper is a cellular provider with coverage in 35 countries.
Bringing it back home to the desktop Propel Software offers up a refreshingly easy to understand and practical technology.
The company's Personal Bandwidth Management [PBM] technology, dubbed Propel PBM, brings QoS [Quality of Service] to the desktop.
The problem it solves is focused on the rising tide of connected applications, such as Web 2.0 apps, SaaS, video, and gaming over the network. All of these applications are vying for the same limited bandwidth on the desktop.
David Murray, president and co-founder, demonstrated the technology by using a VoIP connection while simultaneously uploading a very large file. Without Propel PBM the VoIP connection was extremely poor and only by disabling the upload was the VoIP connection improved.
Murray ran the same demonstration after invoking Propel PBM and both the upload and the VoIP connection worked seamlessly.
Fusion-io is another enabling technology that will improve the performance i/o of storage systems, according to co-founders Rick White, CEO and David Flynn, CTO.
The product is ioMemory and it is basically a new storage architecture that puts 640GB of storage on a PC card using silicon instead of rotating disk technology.
The card can handle 100,000 seeks per second and in the demonstration moved the equivalent of 8 DVDs in 40 seconds, all eight were done simultaneously.
"ioMemory is 1000 times faster than a hard drive," said White.
White carried on to the stage a cardboard mock up of 100 hard drives in a box about six foot tall and compared it to the ioMemory card he held in his hand.
"It is a SAN in the palm of your hand," White said.
Remaining on the desktop, Qumranet Solid ICE product offers a fully integrated desktop virtualization product.
In the demonstration Solid ICE was used to manage three separate operating systems on a single desktop. New users can self provision a virtual desktop even to the extent of assigning memory and CPU power to each environment.
LogMein, read that Log Me In, already has 25 million users on the desktop. The company announced at Demo a mobile version of its technology for smart phones.
The product, Rescue plus Mobile, is delivered as a SaaS solution.
Michael Simon, CEO demonstrated how the technology can remote control a smart phone and troubleshoot typical cell phone application issues, such as inability to get onto corporate email.
The remote control system gives help desk providers a virtual image of the smart phone which allows them to use the cursor as the user might use the stylus to navigate the device.