If everything is like the company claims, the innovations introduced by Numecent this week herald many new options for cloud computing. And to be sure: It looks like the promises are kept.
The key new option is a concept Numecent has christened "cloud paging". In short, and probably missing technical details here: Using this technology, a complex software like Photoshop can be stored in the cloud while the local client needing the software just downloads the components that are needed. Even a large, bulky piece of software can then be used via the cloud - no install, no waiting. The software is treated like an app.
Software which was before installed on a desktop can run faster this way. Plus, "cloud paging" would open up a whole new way in virtualization. Software is streamed from the cloud, no need for installation anymore.
"We believe this technology will mark the end of digital downloads (known as the download hell) as well as any native software installation (known as the DLL hell)." (via Numecent)
"And this is just the beginning - we believe cloudpaging has the potential to impact all connected devices where native software needs to be delivered rapidly and securely."
The news from Numecent this week stirred quite a few articles. The company is in the process of creating spin-offs, in order to apply the technology to several areas of application. As said above: One to watch.
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