Likewise, many cloud-using organizations don't have Active Directory, so they have no direct way to manage Group Policy and application settings in a cloud context. PolicyPak Cloud provides the ability to configure Flash, Firefox, Java, Internet Explorer, and so on, as well as Group Policy preferences configuration items such as Power Settings, Services, and Shortcuts -- whether the PCs are domain-joined or not.
At TechEd, I got a chance to go bowling with a company called Fusion-io. Now why, you might ask, would I want to go bowling in Houston during a tech conference? I'm not much of a bowler, but Fusion-io's chief scientist is Steve "Woz" Wozniak, the Apple cofounder, and he was bowling, too. I just had to be there.
Besides the thrill of meeting Woz, I also met Matthew Cowen from the Caribbean island of Martinique. He has some incredibly challenging circumstances in his part of the world: hurricanes, earthquakes, and a huge active volcano (Mount Pelée) on the north end of the island that caused "the worst volcanic disaster of the 20th century." So how does his company, Infodom.com, provide high-quality replication of data to off-site locations to ensure full data protection in such a volatile environment?
Cowen combines tools from Fusion-io (it was their bowling event, after all) and DataCore to get very high I/O, real-time database replication. The Fusion-io server cards provide the I/O, and DataCore's storage-virtualization tool provides an extra layer between the server and the disk target. Once DataCore has the information from the server, it writes the I/O to two disks simultaneously, for real-time replication. That provides on-site failover; if you do asynchronous replication off-site, you also get off-site replication for failover.
So, even with all the action now in the cloud, there's also some real action in the data center.
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