Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Replacing Atoms with Bits
Virtualization of hardware platforms has been around for over a decade with emulation of the Windows platform on the Macintosh and vice versa. We have also had the simulation of multiple independent devices on a single device (e.g., partitioning) for a long time as well.This replacement of atoms with bits has proven to be a cost effective approach of reducing capital spend. As we move into an age with utility computing capabilities and service oriented architectures, the whole concept of hardware related bits, as we know them, drifts into the background.