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2009 visionary thinking practical solutions • A Little Bit of Orlando By Tim Goral duComm 2009 brought some of the brightest stars in higher education to the ritz-Carlton orlando, grande Lakes resort, for three days of education sessions, new product introductions, and fun. the conference featured a number of firsts. for example, it was the first time in six years that eduComm took place independent of InfoComm. Also for the first time, the conference featured five keynote sessions that mixed thought-provoking topics with light-hearted “edutainment” sessions. technology futurist george gilder began the event with a keynote speech in which he said that despite its hardships, the current economic landscape was ripe for technological innovation. he recalled that microchip technology came alive during the recession of the 1970s and noted that companies such as google and the revitalized Apple grew out of the downturn of 2000. “recession is the mother of invention,” he said. Although he was an early advocate of cloud computing theory, gilder is already looking to what comes next. As networks become faster than computers, one day a new level of computing power will be achieved, which he called “storm computing.” the idea grew out of the video game and film industries, where graphic processors work as massive parallel computers, capable of continuously rendering millions of individual pixels on a screen for 70 | July/August 2009 E lifelike reproductions of people and objects on screen. gilder said this technology could lead to computers and networks that are far removed from the current architecture. “If you can figure out how to use these graphics processors and program them to do more than this one very specific function, you can surmount the great problem that has confronted computer science from the very beginning.” Cloud Computing technology is still far from realizing that power on a commercial scale. so day two of eduComm included a panel on cloud computing that featured representatives from At&t, google, microsoft, Ibm, Cisco, and Amazon Web services partner sonian. In contrast to gilder’s future view, these panelists brought computer technology back to the present and showed how much there was still to learn and accomplish through cloud technology. “Cloud computing is early but it is real,” said microsoft’s Anthony salcito. “It’s a fundamental shift in the way in which we deliver, connect, and empower all of the services that you are using in your institution.” greg mathison of Cisco explained how schools could maximize their IP network with cloud computing to support their core mission. “With this technology, you can converge, consolidate, and conserve—and save dollars—to reinvest those savings back into higher

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of University Business - July 2009

University Business - July 2009
Editor’s Note
College Index
Company Index
Advisory Board
Behind the News
Sense of Place
Financial Aid
Human Resources
The State of Student Aid
Out of the Gym, onto the Desktop
EduComm 2009
Internet Technology
Community Colleges
End Note
SPECIAL SECTION: Annual Directory of Higher EdConsultants

University Business - July 2009