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Sphere 3d Corporation - Could be Disruptive!

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December 01, 2013 – Comments (7)

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.

www.sphere3d.com 

Regards, Ross (Anvil2deeHead) 

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#1) On December 01, 2013 at 8:51 PM, Anvil2deeHead (< 20) wrote:

For your convenience here are links to ticker quotes:

SPIHF : OTCQX

ANY.V : TSXV 

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#2) On December 01, 2013 at 11:48 PM, Mega (99.96) wrote:

How is this new? Major cloud vendors rolled out iPad support 2 to 3 years ago.

http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2011/03/view-client-for-ipad.html 

http://www.citrix.com/news/announcements/apr-2010/citrix-receiver-app-for-ipad-now-available-on-brapp-store.html

http://www.parallels.com/news/id,28732 

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#3) On December 02, 2013 at 5:39 AM, Anvil2deeHead (< 20) wrote:

Although the intent may be similar there are differences. It isn't focused on iPad's or smartphones. Sphere 3D's system is not a virtual desktop. It doesn't provide access to your desktop pc but rather to apps on the cloud. I know Citrix XenApp does that as well but when using Citrix those apps are run through a browser. Sphere 3d does not connect via a website/browser and so it uses far less overhead on the client device and more efficient use of available bandwidth. Typical virtual environments emulate certain hardware such as GPU's or rely on local device capabilities. Sphere 3D gives you access to the software and all native hardware required to run it in its optimal state. 100% of the software's features are available to the user.

You can use software that wouldn't otherwise run on your side. That would,for instance, allow running of high-end video editing software, of the type that requires expensive hardware optimization, from even a modestly equipped pc (or iPad, etc.). It is also not limited to Windows applications. Sphere 3d's cloud can also support operating systems running on X86, ARM, RISC, etc., allowing virtualization of software running not only on Windows but also Linux, Android, Fortran and others.

It also enables running of legacy software that will not run on current generation computers. The porting of applications to the Sphere 3D cloud is done without any customization of the original code. 

I hope this helps highlight some of the features. I am certainly no expert in this stuff.  

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#4) On December 02, 2013 at 12:50 PM, dragonLZ (99.57) wrote:

Anvil, how come you have no active (or any) picks? And this is also your first ever blog post?

Is it, by any chance, possible you are a paid promoter, a 10%+ owner, or a pump-and-dumper for this company?

You say in your comment, "you are no expert on this stuff", yet, your post seems to be so "neatly written" and it looks so official (with the link to the company's website and Regards at the end). 

p.s.

"Join me on the ground floor...". REALLY?

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#5) On December 02, 2013 at 1:52 PM, Anvil2deeHead (< 20) wrote:

Hi Dragon. It was my first post. I've been a member here (& Stock Advisor) for about a month but have not really got into the Caps or boards stuff yet. I did do 'My Scorecard' and I'm up 25.4%.

I'm not a paid promoter, 10% owner or pump'n'dumper. I'm a Canadian architect who has only recently started to invest on my own (after years of hands-off investing with stock brokerage). Thanks for finding my post neatly written. I try. :^)

I bought a very small amount of stock in Sphere 3D a few weeks ago and have been following its progress. When I saw they had just listed on the OTCQX on Friday I thought some folks here might find the stock interesting. Given the new listing I thought others might well feel like this is "the ground floor".  In a way it is because not many know about the stock.

Bye-the-way Sphere 3D is up 15.6% so far today on the venture exchange! I wish I had a a bigger position. 

Regards, Ross (aka Anvil2deeHead) 

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#6) On December 02, 2013 at 3:15 PM, Anvil2deeHead (< 20) wrote:

I'm sorry! The 15.6% was the other stock I'm watching today: Destiny Media (Tickers: DSY.VN on TSXV and DSNY on OTC).

As I write this Sphere 3D is up 7.02% today on the venture exchange.

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#7) On December 19, 2013 at 5:49 AM, Anvil2deeHead (< 20) wrote:

Here's a fairly comprehensive pitch for Sphere 3D (ANY.VSPIHF) I found on Seeking Alpha that outlines the potential better than I did:

http://seekingalpha.com/instablog/897318-vangorilla/2208842-sphere-3d-could-be-a-cloud-9-opportunity

Regards, Ross (Anvil2deeHead)

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