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    Devices and "The Cloud", Part 2

    Posted By Robert Peterson
    Sr. Product Manager

    I recently posted about devices and the cloud and now want to delve deeper into how cloud computing can help OEMs drive new solutions for their business and help their customers.

    So let’s look at three scenarios involving Data Analytics, Services and Solutions

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    Devices and "The Cloud", Part 3

    Posted By Robert Peterson
    Senior Product Manager

    In my last post I talked about some scenarios where OEMs could expand their business (data analytics, services, solutions), yet those could all be hosted in their data center. So why use the cloud?
     
    Datacenters have to be built to support the highest level of demand by users which can be either internal or external.  The ability to meet the demand of users requires lots of servers and infrastructure, which requires advance planning and investment.
    This demand is usually not constant and can increase at certain times (monthly, seasonal, even time of day…meaning most infrastructure investments are idle a portion of the time).
     
    An easy to understand example could be an online retailer – the holiday season increases the demand on their infrastructure, if the infrastructure can’t meet demand the business can’t handle the transactions, losing revenue and customers.  
    A tax preparation company is another example – as tax deadlines approach, the demand on the infrastructure peaks. If the infrastructure can’t handle the demand, customers can’t be serviced, losing business.
    Both examples require heavy infrastructure investment in the traditional datacenter model, however both can benefit from moving the cloud, looking at the example below:
     
     

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    The </glass> device is half full….and working

    Posted By Robert Peterson
    Sr. Product Manager

    Welcome to the ‘new’ Windows Embedded Products and Services section of the Windows Embedded team blog.

    As a quick introduction, I’m Robert Peterson, Sr. Product Manager in the Windows Embedded team. My team focuses on bringing new products and services to market around the world. This blog will cover the many ways our products and services are in the market.

    Air travel can be great, well I am told it can be, and most of us have favorite stories about going through airports. Like you I often get frustrated at long lines and delays and try to avoid them. I thought about how I could have less hassle and realized there are lots of devices that make getting in and out of the airport so much smoother that we don’t even think about. On my last trip I decided to calculate how much time all those devices could save me:

    I needed to check in (yes, I could have done this online but that would ruin the story); I used a Kiosk to check in at the entry of the airport as the lines were longer with the agents. If this Kiosk wasn’t working it would have taken me another 10 minutes to check in. Time saved: 10 min

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    Devices and "The Cloud", Part 4

    Posted By Robert Peterson
    Sr. Product Manager

    We have been talking about the cloud and ways embedded device OEMs can benefit – but let’s specifically look at why Windows Azure is a great fit.  Only Microsoft can provide a familiar, complete solution to help your business from device to cloud.  In fact, for devices powered by a Windows Embedded OS, using Windows Azure has some distinct advantages:

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    Devices and “The Cloud”

    Posted By Robert Peterson
    Sr. Product Manager

    We often focus on the wide array of devices and how they are changing how we go about our daily lives, or the technology that goes into those devices (from ATM to slot machine to an MRI…Windows Embedded power lots of devices around the world)

    Do those devices just sit there, alone, patiently waiting for use to pass by and use them?  For some devices this is the case, but most are connected somehow to make them ‘smart’….getting customer accounts or user preferences…although not to this extreme.  

    Today that connection is often to a back end data center run by the device manufacturer or a large enterprise but we have been getting asked what about the cloud?  Being from Seattle, rest assured we do know quite a bit of things cloud related.  So let me share a few quick things about ‘the cloud’:

    Companies all over the world have datacenters – rows of servers dedicated to supporting their applications, websites and storing their data.  Datacenters require a big investment in capital, staffing and time to keep them running 24x7…and the complexity is growing, requiring more time, resources and planning.  Additionally, datacenters need to support increased user demand for the applications and data provided by the company so as the business grows so does the investment in time, money and staff to support the datacenter.

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