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2011, a good year to hate "the cloud"..

Am I the only one who’s watched the new Microsoft commercials and been dumbfounded by how utterly moronic they are? The one with the mom who can’t get a decent photo out of her family is half a hoot. If I’d fidgeted that much in a photo sit, my mom would have told me where to go, and it wouldn’t have been to “the cloud”… but I digress. That such a game changing technology as cloud computing could be dumbed down to a dopey Photoshop head twisting trick seems really pathetic to me. But those commercials just serve to punctuate how hard it is to describe or explain the benefits of server virtualization, Software as a Service and platform time-sharing to the non-geek masses in a 30 second spot.

My goal this year is to help vent the hype, focus the conversation, explain the value and lend my magical powers of disambiguation to my readers and clients. Personally, I don’t like the term “The Cloud”. I think it’s a lame name.. it’s ethereal and vague and mysterious and complicated. No wonder people have so trouble understanding it and are so uncertain about how to benefit from it. I created Virtual Density to be a catalyst to accelerate the adoption of computing as a service. I want to help you see “The Cloud Beyond the Fog”. Drop in on me here if you want to follow my random rants and ramblings. I wish you peace and prosperity in this new year.

Your Copy Machine: A Serious Security Risk?

It seems that even the most innocuous machines in the workplace can serve as a security threat to companies. According to this report from CBS News, many office copiers save the images they copy on a dedicated hard disk installed inside them. This means that everything from mundane memos to your most sensitive information such as financial statements and contracts are stored – and could potentially extracted. So the next time you dispose of a copy machine, if you’re not sure what’s stored on it and how to get it off – give us a call to help out. To see the news report, watch this video.