SIMTone Puts the Silver Lining on Cloud Computing

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SIMTone promises cloud computing capabilities that are simpler, cheaper, faster and more secure than other solutions on the market.

Cloud computing is gaining greater appeal in these difficult economic times. Many startups and small businesses are looking for ways to contain their IT costs and budget appropriately. SIMtone is aiming to help solution providers meet those budgetary needs by offering a platform that can be used to create cloud-based environments at a fixed, subscription-based price.

SIMtone differs from the rest of the market by focusing on delivering a complete desktop environment via the cloud. Most solutions on the market that fall under the cloud computing moniker are individual services built on software-as-a-service (SAAS) capabilities, which offer an individual capability, such as contact management, accounting and so on.

In other words, SIMTone focuses on providing the tools that build "PC in the cloud" capabilities, where a complete desktop environment and associated applications can be virtualized and then placed in the data center for access on any remote system, such as an Internet Café PC, netbook, notebook or traditional desktop PC.

The idea here is to remove the hardware from the equation and convert the remote system into little more than a portal to access desktops and applications. That concept will reduce hardware expenses significantly and will help companies gain better control of their applications and user environments, without introducing additional layers of management. Customers can choose to build their own internal data centers to host a "cloud" or work with a hosting service to deploy their "cloud" on leased or rented equipment, or turn completely to a subscription-based solution.


Regardless of the choice, solution providers should be able to build services around the configuration, deployment or maintenance of a SIMtone platform. What’s more, aggressive solution providers can build their own data centers and then offer to host and manage their customer’s desktops, helping those solution providers to make the transition to a managed services provider.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com