Sphere 3d Corporation - Could be Disruptive!
Sphere 3D Corporation trades on TSXV with the ticker ANY.V and has just started trading Oct. 31, 2013 on OTCQX with the ticker SPIHF. (The Fools' site isn't recognizing these tickers as valid so unfortunately this post may be hard to find).
Here's the official description:
"Sphere 3D Corporation is a Mississauga, Ontario based virtualization technology solution provider whose patent pending Glassware 2.0™ technology makes it possible for incompatible devices and applications to run over the cloud, without sacrificing performance or security. Sphere 3D's Glassware 2.0™ ultra-thin client allows third parties to deliver fully-featured products to any cloud-connected device independent of operating system or hardware. For additional information visit: www.sphere3D.com".
I believe the innovation here is disruptive! Imagine, say, a fully-functional version of Autocad on an ipad. It is possible because Sphere 3D's technology runs the full version in the cloud (providing all necessary hardware like required graphics cards & ram so it runs properly on a server). A ultra-thin client on the ipad links to the cloud and makes that ipad a virtual display for the application software running on their cloud's hardware. The ultra-thin client uses very little resources -- the application (Autocad or whatever) displays on the ipad as if it were running on the ipad. It does this without being in a browser window or a resource heavy system like "Parallels" that mac users utilize to run Windows applications on a mac.
Note the Sphere 3D system is not about ipads or autocad. It allows practically any software (even ones with demanding hardware requirements) to effectively be used with any internet-connected device like a pc, mac, ipad, smartphone, or web tv. So you could for instance use a full version of excel on your phone. With it I'd imagine that software developers will eventually create applications that require very specialized hardware that their users could access using even a crappy old computer. The user would benefit from the power of that specialized hardware virtually. Imagine, say, photorealistic gaming programs that today only could be run on very high end equipment could be played with high performance on your computer (however whimpy it is) or even your phone.
This really seems to me to be the innovation that could make cloud computing take off. I encourage other Fools to check it out. I've bought a few shares and am thinking about increasing my position. Join me on the ground floor and watch this company grow.
Regards, Ross (Anvil2deeHead)