Welcome to The Offshore Centre, where we live, breathe and sleep all things technology! This blog was built for fun as a hobby for myself in order to allow me to learn something new and write about what I love. If you are a technology geek like myself you should bookmark this page as I am sure you will enjoy reading the content that gets posted. I follow a lot of technical writers on Twitter and interact with them on a regular basis. On top of that, I read about the latest trends and technology on a daily basis.
The purpose of this site is to share my knowledge, resources, and opinions on the latest technology innovations. I am a fan of all things electronic, from video game consoles to PC and Mac computers. I love my Android tablet as well as my iPad. I try and look for the best and worst in each product when I do my write up and reviews. I keep an open mind and do not subscribe to just a single belief that one thing is the end all be all in technology. One of the things I love about the technology world is that it is ever evolving and always changing. What we are doing today will not be what we are doing 10 years from now.
Take the whole cloud thing for example. Ten years ago, servers and general computing was all done on a single server or desktop/laptop. As technologies have come along, you can now virtualize your computing so that you can run multiple virtual machines all on a single server. This holds true for both servers and desktops today. Many years ago, the CEO of Oracle, Larry Ellison had tried to make a push transforming the Personal Computer (PC) to a Network Computer (NC). This idea was a bit premature due to limitations in bandwidth and other technologies at the time. Looking at things today though, it is a direction that things are headed in.
Take Microsoft for example, ten years ago if you wanted Microsoft Office, you had to purchase the software and install it on your machine. Today this is still an option to get Microsoft Office; however, Microsoft also offers Office 365 which is a cloud based Office suite. Nothing is installed on your machine and all of Office is accessible via your web browser or mobile application. With Office 365 you pay a subscription fee and are able to access your Office products from anywhere due to the tools being hosted in the cloud.
VMware is another company that is radically changing the way we do our work. Beginning with server virtualization, VMware allowed companies to reduce their need for physical servers by allowing them to run multiple virtual machines on a single server. As time progressed, VMware expanded this technology into virtual desktops. This was unheard of ten years ago. Companies would normally plan for desktop or laptop refreshes for their employees every three to four years to keep up with technology. With desktop virtualization, not only would companies not need to plan for refreshes as employees could access their desktop from a dummy terminal, they could also work from anywhere. VMware Horizon View is the platform that virtualizes desktops and makes them available over the Internet using a browser, a desktop client, a thin client, or even a smartphone app! With these sweeping changes in how computing is functioning, it is only a matter of time before everything we do is cloud based with redundant backups and connectivity to keep our data more accessible and secure than it is today in our homes and offices.
As you can tell I really love technology and hope you enjoy what I am writing about. I love to hear comments from people whether good or bad…hopefully good though! Come back often for great articles on popular technology.