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The Big Idea for Thursday, December 12, 2013

Virtualization is the hottest new technotrend, with everything from commerce and supply chain management to storage and processing power migrating into the cloud and into virtual realities.

At present, virtualization technology enables us to run multiple “virtual computers” on a single computer, each with a different operating system, each completely isolated from crashes or viruses that disable the others.  This will soon make Cloud-based computer processing (not just storage) possible on a massive scale.

In today's lesson, Daniel Burrus explains how the e–commerce age is over, and the v–commerce age is about to begin. 


  1. 1 E–Commerce is Over. The V–Commerce Age is Beginning
    Big Think Editors Big Think Edge
  2. 2 Can Cloud Computing Change Everything?
    Jason Fried
  3. 3 Virtualization: A Way To Do Much More With Much Less and With Greater Agility
    Daniel Burrus Flash Foresights from Daniel Burrus
  4. 4 Why Everything Shouldn’t Happen in the Cloud
    David Heinemeier Hansson


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